Our research

Forestry Tasmania’s planning and operations are informed by science. This guides how our forests are harvested and regenerated, including the seed stock selected.

Consistent with approaches in the broader forest industry Forestry Tasmania has reduced its in-house research and development capacity in favour of collaborative approaches and works with external scientific, environmental and other forestry organisations. This partnering approach has enabled the research budget to be leveraged: contributing to larger projects to the benefit of both Forestry Tasmania and the partner organisations for lower costs and better overall outcomes than if they were conducted separately.

The main areas of research undertaken are in the forestry, botanical, zoological, horticultural, soil and water sciences. Forestry Tasmania also works with other ecological and scientific organisations such as University of Tasmania, CSIRO, and others.

Forestry Tasmania has been working with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) on its response to Myrtle Rust, which was discovered in Tasmania late in 2014. Forestry Tasmania has also been undertaking research on a tree improvement program, monitoring Ginger Tree syndrome and implementing an effective approach to thinning crowns, caused by leaf beetles.

Forestry Tasmania is a participant in the National Centre for Future Forest Industries (NCFFI).  Some of the Centre’s key projects used logs from our plantations to evaluate their potential for use in high value sawn and engineered wood products.  For example, veneers produced from our thinned and pruned Eucalyptus nitens plantations where shown to be suitable for the production of decorative ply sheets (as used in cabinetry) and curved ply (as used in furniture).  These outcomes, along with those from other collaborative projects, will help build confidence that the plantation resource can supply products with a wide diversity of valuable applications.

Our major research projects in the past year have included:

 Science Publications

Warra Long-Term Ecological Research Site