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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Beekeepers call for forestry changes to ensure industry's future.

Beekeepers call for forestry changes to ensure industry's future. 28/11/2005. ABC News Online

A new report is calling for changes to timber harvesting, in southern Tasmanian forests, to ensure the survival of the state's unique leatherwood honey industry.

Beekeepers have welcomed the Forests and Forest Industry Council study that has looked at how much leatherwood is needed to sustain their hives.

Julian Woolfhagen, from the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association, says the forestry industry now needs to develop a plan for alternative timber harvesting methods.

"We need absolutely to get leatherwood mentioned specifically within the forest practices code, so that it is protected, so any rich areas within forest coups that are to be harvested, the leatherwood rich portions are excluded."

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