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There are many different methods used to harvest forests based on forest type. In Tasmania, these can be classed into two broad categories; partial harvesting and clearfell harvesting. The majority of forest in Tasmania is partially harvested.
Wet eucalypt forests are characterised by tall even-aged eucalypt trees up to 90 metres high, usually with a dense woody understorey and are generally mossy at ground level. Trees that reach 85 metres and more are protected under Forestry Tasmania's Tall Trees policy. Economic yields of timber usually exceed 500 tonnes per hectare.
The preferred logging system is clearfelling followed by a regeneration burn because:
Alternatives to clearfelling in these stands are under active investigation in order to reduce impacts on environmental and social values. For more information visit Warra.
In 2007/2008, 5,030ha of native forest estate was certified to be clearfelled and regrown. This is just 0.16 per cent of Tasmania's existing native forest estate. Clearfelling accounts for about 26 per cent of all harvesting operations.
These forests are characterised by multi-aged trees up to 50 metres high, usually with a short scrubby or grassy understorey. They occur in areas of lower rainfall. Economic yields of timber are about 200 tonnes per hectare.
The preferred logging system is selective logging usually followed by a low intensity fuel reduction burn because:
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