Forestry Tasmania seeks input from stakeholders, community, on development of high conservation value management plan and new forest management plan to achieve FSC certification by March 2015 under terms of state's forest agreement act

HOBART, Tasmania , November 5, 2013 (press release) – Forestry Tasmania is making every effort to meet the high standards necessary to obtain Forest Stewardship Council certification®, including building relations with all of our stakeholders and the community.

We are inviting our stakeholders to be part of the FSC journey with us. If you have not already done so, please register as a stakeholder to ensure that you are contacted for your contribution.

There will be a number of opportunities for stakeholders to have their say during the certification process.

The project requires us to develop both a High Conservation Value Management Plan and a new Forest Management Plan for the forests under our management control. We will be providing opportunities for stakeholder engagement in both those projects, as well as the overall FSC project.

Stakeholders will also be directly involved in the FSC audit process.

Certification body SCS Global Services (SCS) will be conducting both a pre-assessment audit around April next year, and a full FSC Forest Management assessment and Controlled Wood audit late next year. The certification body will independently invite stakeholder participation in both of those audits.

FT will make every effort to meet the requirement under the TFA Act 2013 to achieve FSC certification by March 2015.

We have established a dedicated team to drive the project, which has been identified by the Board as a strategic priority for the business.

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