What we do

Our Key Activities 

Forestry Tasmania’s key activities include:

The land we manage

As at 31 July 2015, the Permanent Timber Production Zone Land managed by Forestry Tasmania included:

The wood we supply

Forestry Tasmania is required under the Forest Management Act 2013 to make available a minimum annual quantity of 137,000 cubic metres of high quality eucalyptus sawlog.

In addition, we are contractually required to make available 157,000 meters of peeler billets (about 195,000 tonnes of logs).

We also have contractual obligations to supply about 50,000 cubic meters of lower quality saw logs and to supply special species timbers to sawmillers.

It is important to note that Forestry Tasmania’s harvesting operations are focused on producing high quality sawlog and peeler logs, rather than woodchips. However, the reality is that harvesting associated with the supply of high quality sawlogs and peeler logs unavoidably generates a significant volume of residues as by-products (because many trees and parts of trees are not of sawlog or peeler quality).

In fact, for every sawlog and peeler log produced in Tasmania, there are two residue logs.  Getting the best possible economic return on these residues is therefore essential for the overall viability of the forest industry, and for generating a reasonable return for taxpayers.


See fact sheet series


Forestry Tasmania Ministerial Charter June 2015 (594 kb PDF)