Sustainability & Environment
Neville Smith Forest Products (NSFP) harvests and produces Tasmanian Oak timber products which are natural and sustainable with a lower carbon footprint and less embodied energy than other alternative materials such as aluminium, concrete and steel. Tasmania's temperate climate is ideal for growing trees.
NSFP prides itself on its environmental values and management approaches. It was one of the first companies within the timber industry to support environmentally responsible and sustainable harvesting and to work with environmental groups to achieve these outcomes, an approach which continues to this day. NSFP has a long-held stance against the wood-chipping of old growth forest. It was the first company in Australia to chip instead of burn our end dockings; one of the first groups in Australia to harvest, process, and value add younger regrowth logs from non-sensitive area;, and the first company to value add its entire hardwood production Tasmanian Oak.
NSFP shares the objectives of the current Tasmanian Forest Agreement. The agreement signifies a united approach between environmental groups (such as the Australian Conservation Society, the Wilderness Society and Environment Tasmania) and the timber industry to ensure the sustainable management of Tasmania’s forests and the upholding of ecosystem values. The agreement has the long-term, equally weighted objectives of:
- Delivering an ongoing, vibrant forest industry in Tasmania based on native forests and the increasing use of plantations; thereby ensuring job security for workers, contractors, and the communities which depend on them.
- Providing the highest appropriate levels of land-tenure protection to 504,012 additional hectares of native forest with important conservation values.
- Furthering research and development to assist in driving these objectives.
- The continued funding of Tasmanian Native Forest High Quality Sawlog Contract Voluntary Buyback Program.
- Support from governments for affected workers and contractors, particularly in regions impacted by any reduction in forestry activity.
- The establishment of a Public Plantation Management Fund to increase private-sector investment and reliance on plantation timber.
- Value adding of residues within Tasmania rather than the export of undifferentiated woodchip product.