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Ta Ann Final Report 2011 Web

Ta Ann Final Report 2011 Web

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TA ANN:
 
BEHIND THE VENEER
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The veracity o Ta Ann’s promotiona caims must be cosey scrutinised. The company’ssupport or destructive native orest ogging in Tasmania, its decision to oregoprocessing o pantation resources and its record o inaccurate or miseading statementsundamentay undermine its positioning as an ‘environmentay riendy’ suppier.Ta Ann Tasmania’s veneer products do not represent a genuine ‘ecoogica’ aternative.
A report produced by the Huon Valley Environment Centre, September 2011www.huon.org | huonenvironmentcentre@gmail.com
Behind the Veneer:Forest destruction and ta ann tasmania’s lies
 
 
TA ANN:
 
BEHIND THE VENEER
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TA ANN:
 
BEHIND THE VENEER
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FRONT COVER IMAGE:
Old growth orest and high conservation value orest that was logged or Ta Ann, the logging coupes seenin this photograph are in Far South Tasmania, in the Catamaran area, CM019C, CM019E and CM019A.Logging in CM019E/CM019C proceeded to within 50 metres o the Tasmanian World Heritage WildernessArea (TWWHA). The magnicent coastline that can be viewed in this photo is within the TWWHA.
AFS
Australian Forest Standard
Austrade
Australian Trade Commission
AUD
Australian Dollar
EIA
environmental impact assessment
ENGO
environmental non-government organisation
EWPAA
Engineered Wood Products Associationo Australasia
FIAT
Forest Industries Association o Tasmania
FSC
Forest Stewardship Council
ha
hectares
HCV
high conservation value
HVEC
Huon Valley Environment Centre
ITTO
International Tropical Timber Organisation
m
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cubic metres
MP
Member o Parliament
MYR
Malaysian ringgit
pa
per annum
PEFC
Programme or the Endorsemento Forest Certication schemes
PEW
Panasonic Electronic Works Co. Ltd.
RFA
Regional Forest Agreement
RPV
rotary peeled veneer 
RTI
Right to Inormation 
SMkC
Sumisho & Mitsuibussan Kenzai Co. Ltd.
STIDC
Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation
TAT
Ta Ann Tasmania
TCA
Timber Communities Australia
TCFA
Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement
TFIGA
Tasmanian Forest Intergovernmental Agreement
TSU
Threatened Species Unit
TWWHA
Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area 
USD
United States Dollars
NATIVE FOREST
A phrase normally used to describe a natural orest in Australiawith a crown cover that is greater than 50 per cent, dierentiatedrom non-native ‘orests’ such as plantations.
NATURAl FOREST
A natural terrestrial ecosystem that is dominated by endemictree species and sustained through ecological processes.
HIGH CONSERVATION VAlUE (HCV) FOREST
A natural orest containing one or more attributes deemedparticularly worthy o protection. The ollowing attributes havebeen used to dene HCV orests in Tasmania:
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Large intact natural orest areas;
l
Forest areas displaying ecological maturity;
l
Forest areas o social, cultural and spiritual importanceto local, national and/or international communities;
l
Forest ecosystems and habitat with importantbiodiversity values, including rare, depleted and under-reserved orest communities and species;
l
Forest areas that contribute to good reserve design (eg.buering and ecological connectivity); and,Forests with important ecosystem services unctions(eg. carbon rich orests, water catchments).
PlANTATION
An agricultural crop o trees that has been purpose-grown orcommercial use.
PRIMARY FOREST
A natural orest that has never been signicantly articiallydisturbed. Oten called old-growth orest in Australia.
REGROWTH FOREST
Forestry Tasmania itsel has admitted there is a distinctionbetween post-logging regrowth, which it calls ‘aged regrowth’,and natural regrowth, which it calls ‘unaged regrowth’. They aredened by Forestry Tasmania as ollows:(Aged) Regrowth—Forest that has been logged andregenerated, generally since 1960, using deliberate sitepreparation and seeding techniques. The year o sowing isdocumented and the age o the trees may be determined. Alsoreerred to as silvicultural regeneration.(Unaged) Regrowth—Forest regenerated ater wildre orother disturbances, and containing a majority o trees less than110 years old, where there is no deliberate site preparation orseed sowing. Unaged regrowth orest may contain scatteredindividuals or stands o ecologically mature trees.In eect, Forestry Tasmania has admitted that some areas itdenes as ‘regrowth’ contain oldgrowth orest.In addition, the Australian Forestry Standard has adenition which allows or the occurrence o oldgrowth within a‘regrowth’ orest:Regrowth orest—Native orest containing a substantialproportion o trees that are in the younger growth phase andare actively growing in height and diameter. Regrowth orestsmay contain scattered individuals or small occurrences oecologically mature, or old-growth, trees.
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RFA-DEFINED OlD GROWTH FOREST
The Tasmanian and Australian Governments dene an oldgrowth orest, as articulated through the Tasmanian RegionalForest Agreement (RFA) process as an ‘ecologically matureorest where the eects o disturbances are now negligible’.
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