Forest Biosecurity – Protecting Tasmania’s Forests and Trees

A workshop was held in Hobart on 3rd September facilitated by Paco Tovar from Plant Health Australia which provided an opportunity for stakeholders to become informed and discuss a proposed National Forest Pest Surveillance Program.

Forests, native woodlands and plantations make a significant contribution to our economy, environment and amenity. Similarly, urban forests – the collection of trees on our streets and urban parklands – have intrinsic environmental, social, heritage and amenity values.

Australia has a robust plant biosecurity system. However new pests emerging overseas and increasing levels of trade and migration are contributing to an increase in the number of exotic forest pests establishing in Australia.

Exotic pests can result in significant economic, environmental and amenity costs that affect many stakeholders. In response to this threat, a National Forest Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy 2018-2023 has been developed. The Strategy aims to establish a National Forest Pest Surveillance program. This program would be funded in partnership by Australian governments and the forest sector with active participation by community and environment groups.

The Network will keep you updated on this project. Please contact us for any further information.