Leading forest expert approves of sustainability approach implemented by Ta Ann Tasmania

Professor Ian Ferguson, Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science of the University of Melbourne has confirmed that the forest management of Ta Ann Tasmania meets the requirements of sustainable yield demanded by the independent third party forest certification scheme, the Australian forest Standard

Sustainability of timber Supply to Ta Ann Tasmania confirmed by leading forest expert

Professor Ian Ferguson, Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science of the University of Melbourne has confirmed that forest management undertaken to supply the Tasmanian timber industry including regrowth and plantation billets to Ta Ann Tasmania, meets the requirements of sustainable yield demanded by the independent third party forest certification scheme, the Australian forest Standard.

Professor Ferguson was asked to investigate a formal complaint made by PEFC after personal comments by the Chair were published after the release of the reports of the Independent Verification group.

In his report Professor Ferguson concluded, that: ‘In terms of the Australian Forestry Standard, I am unable to determine a rational basis in the Independent Verification Group reports, or related documentation, for the West (2012) assertions about the unsustainability of Forestry Tasmania sustainable yield calculations or practices.”

“They do not appear to be founded on the facts pertaining to the Australian Forestry Standard and the evaluations of the Forestry Tasmania process of calculating the sustainable yield and regulating the annual harvest. From an Australian Forestry Standard viewpoint, they reflect an unfortunate confusion in the use of the term ‘sustainable yield’.

Forestry Tasmania who is contracted to supply Ta Ann Tasmania with regrowth and plantation billets from its forests under management was also subject to a detailed audit by NCS International.

As a result of this audit and Professor Ferguson’s Report NCSI believes that the assertions with respect to sustainable yield are incorrect.

Forestry Tasmania has now formally advised Ta Ann Tasmania that it has retained its Forest Certification and that the investigation led by Professor Ian Ferguson has formally cleared it of the allegation of unsustainable harvesting.

The Tasmanian Minister for Forests Bryan Green said the outcome of the investigation and subsequent re-certification were a strong endorsement of FT’s forest management practices.

These independent findings should assure customers of the ecological sustainable credentials of timber sourced by Ta Ann Tasmania in its value adding manufacturing operations to produce “Eco –wood”.