A Memorandum of Understanding between the Tasmanian forest and apiary industries was signed in November 2019 by Sustainable Timber Tasmania, the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association and the Australian Honey Bee industry Council.
The Memorandum of Understanding recognises that both industries are crucial to the Tasmanian economy and both can and do benefit from the resources and opportunities created by Tasmania’s forests.
Sustainable Timber Tasmania manages Tasmania’s public production forests responsibly and professionally for the long term, and recognises that there are multiple uses of the forest.
The Tasmanian Beekeepers Association represents the many beekeepers in Tasmania that access hive sites on land managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania.
The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council aims to maximise the efficient use of industry resources and funds to maintain the long-term economic viability, security and prosperity of the Australian Honey Bee Industry in Australia.
All parties recognise that sustainable forest management and apiary production can co-exist and be successfully managed for the benefit of the community and commercial production.
The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to provide a framework, guiding principles and process for both parties to continue to work together to develop and implement mutually beneficial outcomes that support ongoing sustainable forest management, wood production and honey production.
To read the Memorandum of Understanding, visit the Sustainable Timber Tasmania website.