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Proposed chemical use in summer 2018/2019

Sustainable Timber Tasmania uses chemicals in limited circumstances where it is essential to manage weeds and pests and to promote optimal tree growth.

There are two main type of uses: insecticide application to prevent the severe defoliation of eucalypt plantations by insect pests; and herbicide application for the control of weeds prior to tree planting or sowing.

All chemicals used by Sustainable Timber Tasmania are approved for use in Australia by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority, and the way they are applied complies with all relevant Tasmanian codes of practice.

The use of insecticides is informed by an extensive monitoring program to detect and estimate potentially damaging insect population levels. Application of insecticides only occurs if insect population thresholds are exceeded and the weather conditions are suitable.

Provided below is a list of the coupes that:

  • Are being monitored for potential insect control this summer
    - and therefore may have a insecticide application between Nov 2018 and Feb 2019; or
  • Are expected to require a herbicide application in the next 6 months

In addition, we have also listed those coupes that had an insecticide application in 2017/18 to give an indication of the likely extent of chemical applications within coupes being monitored this summer.

Interactive Map Viewer

To make it easier for stakeholders to identify the locations of these coupes relative to their particular areas of interest an interactive map is available. Stakeholders can use this map to zoom in on their area of interest and select the Chemical Application Summer 2018/19 options to view the locations of the listed coupes.

Stakeholder Input

Sustainable Timber Tasmania welcomes stakeholder input to inform our detailed operational planning and decision making. In particular, we are keen to identify:

  • Whether stakeholders have any specific concern in relation to potential chemical applications on these coupes
  • Any issues that will need to be taken into account in detailed planning and decision making related to chemical applications on these coupes

Stakeholders are encouraged to contact the Engagement Team as early as possible to register their interest in relation to these or any other coupes.

Stakeholders who identify themselves will be added to Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s stakeholder engagement database for that coupe to ensure their input is taken into account and to keep them informed as any Forest Operation Plans for chemical application on those coupes are written.

The Engagement Team can be contacted by:

Herbicide Applications planned for 2018/19

Region - Coupe
North West - NA037B

Insecticide Applications completed in 2017/18

Region - Coupe
South - BD023A
South - FO014D
South - FO020F
South - FO020G
South - FO022D
South - FO026A
South - RP007F
South - RP015F
South - RP021Z
South - WW022D
South - WW055A

To view coupes that are being monitored for potential insect control in 2018/19 and therefore may have a chemical application between November 2017 and February 2018, please download the attachment PDF file below.

To easily view the location of these coupes, please use the interactive map viewer and select from the menu for Potential Chemical Application Summer 2018/19.