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Forest Practices Authority Annual Report 2021–22

The FPA annual report 2021–22 was tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament today by the Minister for Resources, the Hon Felix Ellis.

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New CFPO appointed

Ms Anne Chuter has been appointed as the next Chief Forest Practices Officer (CFPO) to replace Dr Peter Volker, who is retiring.

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Forest Practices Authority updates Forest Practices Officers Oct 2022

The FPA held three regional Refresher Courses in October 2022 for the 165 current Forest Practices Officers in Tasmania - 122 participated  in person with the remaining attending online or through a catch up process.  More information

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Forest Practices Awards

Forest Practices Awards recognise cutting edge forestry Innovation, community engagement, planning and operations in forestry were recognised at Forest Practices Awards on Wednesday 19 October 2022 in Launceston.  More information

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New Tasmanian treefern management plan

The new Tasmanian treefern management plan applies from Friday 14 October 2022. Check  the FPA's treefern management page for the updated Treefern management plan and information sheet on regulation of treefern harvesting in Tasmania.

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FPA Climate Change Symposium 29 Aug 22

Climate change poses a considerable challenge to forest managers. The FPA pulled together key people working in this area for a one-day symposium in Hobart in August 2022. Download the comprehensive background report:

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Forest Education Foundation and FPA Share Bright Ideas for Science Week

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Read the latest edition of Forest Practices News!

Meet the FPA Board and peer inside the tunnel of the Lake Fenton trap door spider in the June 2022 edition of Forest Practices News (PDF).

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Nominations open for Forest Practices Awards 22

The Forest Practices Awards 2022 will take place in September in Launceston. Follow the link to find out how nominate someone or yourself.

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Fee increase for FPP applications and tree fern tags

New fees for FPP applications and tree fern tags will become effective from 1 July 2022.

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FPA Research Update 2021

The FPA Research Update 2021 presented recent research on earth sciences, cultural heritage and biodiversity. Researchers from the FPA, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, the Department of State Growth and the University of Tasmania spoke about their research in Hobart on Friday 24 September 2021.This research plays an important part in  the adaptive management framework of the Tasmanian forest practices system, which includes an emphasis on research, review and continual improvement.Fore more details see Monitoring the effectiveness of the biodiversity provisions of the Tasmanian Forest Practices Code 2020-21

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We are winners!

The FPA was joint winner of the Tasmanian Timber Award 2021 for Skill Development and Training Excellence and a finalist in the 2021 National Forest Industry Awards.The winning project was forest contractor training materials developed through a team effort involving the FPA, the forest industry, registered training organisations delivering forestry training, 26TEN, TasTAFE and Andrew Jones, a training designer from Purple Infinity.See the training page for  more details.

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New FPA and DPIPWE Agreed Procedures Report

Threatened species in production forest are managed through prescriptions in forest practices plans. These prescriptions may be achieved on a case-by-case basis in consultation with specialists, or by implementing standard management prescriptions delivered through planning tools jointly developed by the FPA and DPIPWE.This report details the roles that the FPA and DPIPWE play in managing threatened species through the Tasmanian forest practices system, as legislated in  s. 51 (3) of the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995.

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Check before you chop

Do you need a forest practices plan (FPP)? Check Before You Chop is a new interactive decision tool to help you find out if you will require an FPP or not. Most forest practices will need an FPP but there are a few exemptions. Follow the prompts in the tool to find out.

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Forest Practices News January 2021

Check out the January 2021 issue of Forest Practices News: 36 pages packed with news from the last year including the launch of the new issue of the Forest Practices Code, training updates, the latest research and stories from the forest like the discovery of this steam engine.

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Eagle research

FPA and UTAS researcher Dr James Pay are investigating if our current management practices do mitigate the impacts of disturbance on wedge-tailed eagles. Transmitters are attached to adult birds to monitor their behaviour in response to forest activities within 1km line-of-sight of their nest during the breeding season. This video shows a wedge-tailed eagle being caught, so it can have a transmitter attached.

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