Forestry Corporation responds – poorly

The Forestry Corporation’s NSW Southern Region Manager Daniel Tuan has responded to the five questions, sent to the Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson, although he only answers three of them and these fall short short of being believable.

Mr Tuan doesn’t answer the first question, re the info they gave to the Auditor General on the net harvest area or the forth question about info the Forest Products Association, on where the last saw-logs are in Eden. On the second question he does confirm that the figure of 527,780 tonnes of pulp-logs remaining in the Eden RFA region came from his organisation but, if the figure is correct the ratio of remaining saw-logs would be one for every four pulp-logs, as opposed to the usual one saw-log for every ten pulp-logs.

Question three – ‘ To what degree if any have compartments, not indicated as logged in Forests NSW yield forecasts report, contributed to estimates of the remaining standing volume of quota sawlogs?’, Mr Tuan suggests – “None. The 2012 report, including maps, incorporates harvest areas to the 30th June 2011.”

However, the map in the Eden Yield Forecasts indicates only one compartment had been logged in Bermagui SF at that time, Cpt 2001 and then incorrectly describes the area as post 1970 regrowth, when it was claimed to be a thinning operation in 80 year old regrowth. The actual recent logging history, as in the graphic below, shows that of the five compartments logged in Bermagui four of them were completed before June 30 2011.

Bermagui logging

 

On the final question Daniel indicates that ” … There are no plans to supply quota sawlogs to the Eden Region from other RFA regions. If that scenario is considered at some point in the future, then supply will be consistent with sustainable yields for the alternative RFA Region.”

Tragically and as alluded to in the Auditor General’s report, the Forestry Corporation’s decision to drop the agreed methodology for determining a sustainable yield, in favor of one agreed by the industry and the Australian Forestry Standard, means they don’t have a forest inventory system that is able to determine a sustainable yield.

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