Environment & Safety

As forest manager, TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC has a responsibility to ensure all plantations, under it's management, are managed to comply with high environmental, social and economic standards as per our Safety and Environmental Policy.

Forest Management Certification

To give our neighbours, customers and the broader community confidence in our processes and outcomes, we submit our forest management practices to independent scrutiny through forest certification. Timberlands Pacific has the following forest management certifications for both of its managed forest estates:

- Australian Forestry Standard AS4708-2013 (AFS): The Taswood Estate has been  certified since 2008 and the Penola Plantations Estate since November 2012. This standard is mutually recognised by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC).

- Forest Stewardship Certification: TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC achieved FSC certification covering both the Taswood Estate and Penola Plantations in December 2013.

Forest Health

Maintaining Forest Health is important to Timberlands Pacific. There are a number of exotic pests and diseases that may detrimentally affect our Estate.

To find more information on high priority pests and diseases, please click here for a link to the Plant Health Australia website and refer to page 24 onwards of the Biosecurity Manual for the Plantation Timber Industry.

To find out more about the Emergency Plant Pest Response Plan please click here.

If you see anything unusual within our Estate please call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.


Stakeholders

TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC maintains a comprehensive list of identified stakeholders that include a very broad range of organisations, groups and individuals that have an interest in the TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC business. Only stakeholders that agreed to participate are contacted. If you would like to be included as a stakeholder and receive information regarding our forest certification and business developments, please contact our Launceston office or email enquiries@tppl.com.au with your details.

 

Australian Forestry Audit Summaries:

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Audit Summaries


Forest Management Plans

Since the publication of the initial draft FMP, TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC has commenced management of the Penola Plantations, necessitating a further update. The new draft version of the TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC Forest Management Plan is now available below.

A summary of the Taswood Estate 3-year Operational Plan is available for recognised stakeholders to view at our Launceston Office. If you have any questions or comments regarding our plantation management, please contact our Launceston Office.

Special Values Management Plans

A critical part of sound forest management is the identification and management of the 'special values' that occur within and surrounding the plantation. As each State jurisdiction has different legislative frameworks and requirements for managing biodiversity, cultural heritage, soil and water and other such values, TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC has developed Estate-specific management plans.

Cultural Heritage Management Plans

TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC recognises the importance of both Aboriginal and European culturally significant sites to the communities that surround our forests. We understand that these sites may contain artefacts or be places of spiritual or traditional value, and that their appropriate preservation and management is critical for present and future generations. TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC has developed Estate-specific management plans that have been reviewed by relevant State authorities and Indigenous groups. Draft versions of these plans are below.

Penola Plantations Koala Management

TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC manages natural values, including threatened fauna and flora, through its special values assessment process as outlined in Penola Plantations Special Values Management Plan (Penola Plantations SVMP). The special values assessment process comprehensively assess potential and known habitat for a range of species known to occur within and surrounding the Penola Plantations. The Penola Plantations SVMP also provides guidance for onsite management prescriptions which minimise the impact of forestry operations.

While TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC'S existing processes capture a broad suite of values within the Penola Plantations, TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC recognises that there is considerable public concern regarding the management of a particular threatened species, the Koala. To address these concerns TIMBERLANDS PACIFIC has developed an internal Koala Management process which assesses the likelihood of Koala’s being found within the Penola Plantations and management guidelines applicable for both operational and non operational encounters. The Management Plan entails:

  1. GT Koala's found within Penola Plantations FOSPlan
  2. GT Emergency Response Procedure Injured Wildlife Management

The Green Triangle Regional Plantation Committee Inc. (GTRPC) is the coordinating body for the major industry and stakeholder groups in the district. GTRPC has produced Koala Management Guidelines for plantation harvesting, with input from a range of stakeholders:

  1. Koala Management Policy for Plantation Harvest Operations - Click Here
  2. Koala Management Guidelines for Plantation Harvest Operations - Click Here

If you have seen Koala's in the Penola Plantations please contact the Mount Gambier office or the below email address.

If you have any questions or comments regarding our forest management, please contact either our Launceston or Mount Gambier office or email enquiries@tppl.com.au

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