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:
- are being monitored for potential insect control this summer
-and therefore may have a insecticide application between Nov 2016 and Feb 2017; or
- are expected to require a herbicide application in the next 6 months
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.
Forestry Tasmania welcomes stakeholder input to inform our detailed operational planning and decision making. In particular, we are keen to identify:
- whether stakeholders have any specific concern in relation to potential chemical applications on these coupes
- any issues that will need to be taken into account in detailed planning and decision making related to chemical applications on these coupes
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:
- Calling on: 03 6235 8151
- Emailing: [email protected]
- Mailing: Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, 79 Melville St, Hobart, Tas, 7000
Potential herbicide applications 2016/17
Insecticide Applications completed in 2015/16
Insect Monitoring Coupes 2016/17 (PDF listing)