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LBP Action statement vs CHFMP

According the to Leadbeaters Possum Action Statement the intended Management Actions contained within it provide the necessary directions and options for the conservation of Leadbeaters's Possum, and the management of the forest estate will be determined by relevant area management plans which take into account economic, social and other environmental considerations.  Intended actions in this Statement should be incorporated in forest mangement plans ...

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources interpreted the above statement to mean that they could not only choose which intended actions but could modify and edit the intended actions.

However the Code of forest practices states that there must be consistency between the Forest Management Plan and the Action Statement.

Furthermore the LBP Action statement is the more recently reviewed document and therefore takes precedence.

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According the to Leadbeaters Possum Action Statement the intended Management Actions contained within it provide the necessary directions and options for the conservation of Leadbeaters's Possum, and the management of the forest estate will be determined by relevant area management plans which take into account economic, social and other environmental considerations.  Intended actions in this Statement should be incorporated in forest mangement plans ...

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The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources interpreted the above statement to mean that they could not only choose which intended actions but could modify and edit the intended actions.

The  edits that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources made constitute significant changes to the Leadbeaters Possum Action Statement including removal of the most significant zoning in terms of area ie mature ash and mixed aged ash forests where the oldest age class is mature. Also limiting hollow bearing trees to just three species when the research that underpins the action statement only ever refers to hollow trees not a species type.

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In the case of zone 1B the hollow tree type is also altered and basal area of wattle increased from  approximately 16.7 meters square area per 10 ha to  greater than 50 metres basal square area per 10 ha which is considered unattainable except in regrowing clearfell logging coupes.

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However the Code of forest practices under Mandatory Actions for section 2.1.1 Forest Management Plans, states that there must be consistency between the Forest Management Plan and the Action Statement.

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Furthermore the LBP Action statement is the more recently reviewed document and therefore takes precedence.