Proposed chemical use in summer 2016/2017


Article posted on 3 November, 2016

Forestry Tasmania uses chemicals in limited circumstances where it is essential to manage weeds and pests and to promote optimal tree growth.

There are two main type of uses:
Insecticide application to prevent the severe defoliation of eucalypt plantations by insect pests; and herbicide application for the control of weeds prior to tree planting or sowing.

All chemicals used by Forestry Tasmania are approved for use in Australia by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority, and the way they are applied complies with all relevant Tasmanian codes of practice.

The use of insecticides is informed by an extensive monitoring program to detect and estimate potentially damaging insect population levels. Application of insecticides only occurs if insect population thresholds are exceeded and the weather conditions are suitable.

Provided below is a list of the coupes that:

In addition, we have also listed those coupes that had an insecticide application in 2015/16 to give an indication of the likely extent of chemical applications within coupes being monitored this summer.

Interactive Map Viewer

To make it easier for stakeholders to identify the locations of these coupes relative to their particular areas of interest an interactive map is available.  Stakeholders can use this map to zoom in on their area of interest and select the Chemical Application 2016/17 options to view the locations of the listed coupes.

Stakeholder Input

Forestry Tasmania welcomes stakeholder input to inform our detailed operational planning and decision making.  In particular, we are keen to identify:

Stakeholders are encouraged to contact the Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator as early as possible to register their interest in relation to these or any other coupes.

Stakeholders who identify themselves will be added to Forestry Tasmania’s stakeholder engagement database for that coupe to ensure their input is taken into account and to keep them informed as any Forest Operation Plans for chemical application on those coupes are written.

The Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator can be contacted by:

Potential herbicide applications 2016/17

Region Coupe
North West TG014A
North West TG018A
North West TG030C
North East BS103I
North East BS110B
North East BS124A
North East EV035A
North East LI112I
North East LI127B
North East LI148D
North East LI162B
North East MO111C
North East PA110D
North East RR133C
North East RS130G
North East RS131I
North East RT229D

Insecticide Applications completed in 2015/16

Region Coupe
South FO006E
South FO014D
South FO014G
South FO033B
South FO021D
South FO022D
South FO022I
South FO023C
South FO030G
South RP021Z
South RP020D
South RP026B
South TI004A
South TI004C
South TI005C
South TI006B

Insect Monitoring Coupes 2016/17 (PDF listing)