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Tuesday, 8 February 2005
Page: 231

Senator Brown asked the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, upon notice, on 1 December 2004:

With reference to the Minister’s statement that in Tasmania, ‘170 000 hectares of old-growth forest will be added to the reserve system’: Does the Minister agree with Forestry Tasmania’s definition of ‘old-growth forest’; if not, what is the Minister’s definition.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments use the definition for old-growth forest as defined in the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement and the Nationally Agreed Criteria for the Establishment of a Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative Reserve System for Forests in Australia. That definition reads:

“Old-growth forest is ecologically mature forest where the effects of disturbances are now negligible.”