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STT’s Planned Burning Programme 2019

The following is an edited version of a letter received from Sustainable Timber Tasmania, dated 26th March 2019:

As you may have seen in the most recent weekend newspapers, Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) will soon begin its annual program of planned burns.
STT’s planned burns are likely to commence in late March/early April this year in response to weather conditions. Planned burns are conducted to regenerate forests after harvesting and to contribute to the statewide fire management effort through fuel reduction burns.

Around 170 regeneration burns are planned for this year in coupes across the Permanent Timber Production Zone, ranging in size from a couple of hectares up to approximately 100 hectares. In addition, Sustainable Timber Tasmania will be involved with fuel reduction burns across the state as part of the coordinated fuel reduction program.

You can find out more about Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s planned burns program by visiting
If you have questions or would like notification of planned burns in your region then please contact:
The Engagement Team
Phone: 6169 2800

Fire Impacts

Bushfires this season are having a devastating effect on bees and beekeeping in southern Tasmania. In the Gell River fire, the fires along the Scotts Peak Road, and especially the extensive area burnt in the Arve, there has been a loss of hives, damage to access roads, and particularly a serious loss of foraging resource… Continue Reading

Junior Beekeeping

A Tasmanian Junior Beekeeping Group was established in 2017.  It didn’t take long for it to start thriving, thanks to energetic volunteers – they have even harvested honey from their hives.   The group generally meets near Richmond, and welcomes 7 to 17 year olds who are curious about the delights of bees and beekeeping.… Continue Reading

Times for Future Meetings

The meetings on 29th October and 26th November will start at 6.30pm, instead of 7.30pm. This change will be extended into 2019 if it meets with members’ approval. The Association’s Executive has made this change in response to feedback received, especially from members who live far out of town. The meeting on 24th September will… Continue Reading

Next Meeting

The Association’s next meeting will be on Monday 26th February 2018 at 7.30pm at the Glenorchy LINC (rear entrance of the library building). The technical part of the meeting will be devoted to Preparing Honey for Show.  As usual, this will be followed by a break for tea/coffee/snacks, then the monthly business meeting.  Visitors welcome! Continue Reading

Review of Nationally Accredited Bee Keeping Qualifications

A review of the Nationally Accredited Certificate III in Bee Keeping qualification is being undertaken on behalf of the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee. As part of this work Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops are being held across Australia. You can register for these workshops on our website (link below).    or find out… Continue Reading

Show Us Your Bees!

From the ABC about its collaborative project between ABC Organic Gardner magazine and ABC Books: With bees in decline all over the world, we want to celebrate Aussie backyard beekeepers. That is why we are so excited to launch a call out to find true stories and photos from beekeepers of all kinds and from… Continue Reading