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Forest NSW Annual Report 2012

> Ingrained Sustainability is our business. It is ingrained in everything we do. We successfully maintained certification of our forest management to AFS (AS 4708:2007) and met the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 for our EMS, reviewed long-term timber supply, helped build and maintain strong regional economies through awarding new timber contracts, invested in research into reducing greenhouse gas emissions and started building a new sustainable State-owned corporation. Future supply ■■ harvest volumes and Forest Resource and This year marked a significant step inthe development of our nursery businessa five-year reconciliation between 2023 committee established Management Evaluation System (FRAMES) with all radiata pine seedlings coming forecast volumes covering the period July from the container grown program at During the year the ‘2023’ Project Steering 2005 to June 2010. the Tumut nursery. Committee that reports to Cabinet was established. It comprises members from the Planted forests timber supply The 2012 age class radiata pine crop produced Department of Premier and Cabinet, Treasury, As part of its re-establishment program, Forests a total of 8.5 million seedlings.  In addition, just EPA, DPI and Forests NSW and is chaired by NSW planted around 9 million trees across NSW over 1.3 million native hardwood plantation the Commissioner of the Natural Resources in the 2011 planting season to ensure an ongoing seedlings and 300 000 warm climate pine Commission. The Committee has two key timber supply for its customers and a strong seedlings were produced. objectives: long term future for regional communities which The aim of Forests NSW plantation tree ■■ to advise on issues of hardwood timber depend on the timber industry. improvement program is to breed trees that resource supply on the north coast of With an estate that will not likely expand in have exceptional growth and wood quality NSW up to and beyond the current area in the foreseeable future, it is important characteristics, namely timber strength wood supply agreements which run to to improve the productivity of the planted and stability. 2023; and estate in order to grow the business. A raft Through this program, Forests NSW manages of initiatives commenced that focused on ■■ to oversee the regulatory review of the the deployment of genetically improved improving not only the growth of the forest legislation that governs native forest radiata pine germplasm1 that has been bred but also the value and volume harvested from timber harvesting in NSW. by the New Zealand Radiata Pine Breeding it (see case story on page 49). Company, of which Forests NSW is a major Sustaining Native Forest Operations Plantation seedling supply shareholder. This work has involved the audit establishment and measurement of field trials Forests NSW operates production nurseries In April 2009 the Auditor-General released a to measure increased tree growth through to provide sufficient stock for Forests NSW performance audit report on the operations genetic improvement. This information planting program cost-effectively. of the native forest and hardwood plantation informs management about how well the operations of Forests NSW. The report made genetically improved trees perform across the recommendations aimed to improve Forests Forests NSW plantation estate. NSW knowledge of timber availability and to To ensure long term access and to mitigate address business risks. against the risk of fire, disease and pests, In 2012, Forests NSW completed its response to the improved radiata pine tree breeds from the recommendations in the report. A number New Zealand, along with some historical of reports were published on the Forests NSW Forests NSW collections, have been planted website covering: in specific genetic archives in both Victoria and Tasmania. ■■ a review of net harvest area modifiers; ■■ reviews of yield forecasts for south coast, Tumbarumba, Eden and hardwood plantations; and Photo: Forests NSW Image Library 1 Germplasm is the genetic material of a particular pine breed. 46 Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance


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