Managing Tasmania's private forests to the world's highest standards
Forests managed for timber production remove more carbon out of the atmosphere over time than unmanaged forests locked up in reserves. Tasmania currently has 47% of forests locked up and unmanaged.
Timber from managed forests is used to build an array of structures from houses to multi-level buildings, sports arenas to architecturally designed public spaces. Timber is warm, aesthetically pleasing and most importantly, renewable. Environments rich in timber have a kinship with nature and make people living and working in them feel at one with the outdoors.
It is so important, in these tough economic times to use local products. Tasmanian timber is a particularly environmentally friendly choice and we should be using more wood to help combat climate change.
Wood is stored greenhouse gas - held together with stored sunlight. If we are serious about trying to address greenhouse and climate change problems, we should be growing and using more forests. Harvesting a forest results in the release of some carbon dioxide back into the air from which it came however a considerable portion remains stored in resulting forest products such as furniture, timber for housing and a myriad of paper products.
Use more wood not less.
The Tasmanian forest industry has called for a calm and mature response from all Tasmanians following yesterdays decision of the Legislative Council to refer the Forests Agreement legislation to a Select Committee.
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