Sequence of events – 1946 to 2004


Summary of a report by the saveyourleatherwoodhoney association to the tasmanian beekeepers association 2009 annual conference 

1946 - tasmanian beekeepers association (tba), formed to amongst other things, coordinate action to preserve the beekeeping resource

Early 1960 – clearfell and burn techniques for timber harvesting begin

1989 - ffic created by the state govt – (beekeepers have representation)

1990 – first research takes place into the effect of timber harvesting practices on the beekeeping industry – (neyland and hickey)

1992 – first conference between the tba and the state govt dept of primary industry dealing with the resource issue

Ffic commissions a study into the extent of the leatherwood resource (zeigler)

1997 – rfa is created which makes little reference to the beekeeper`s resource preservation or otherwise the needs of the beekeeping industry and which entrenches in law the level of saw log production which must be produced from state forest each year

2000 – guidelines for beekeeping on state forest produced by forestry tasmania

2001 – first public rally in hobart publicising the leatherwood resource issue in the south of the state

2002 - stba lobbys for the support of the horticulturalists in the south in their fight to preserve their resource and through that their industry and that of pollination

2002 – stba and forestry tasmania agree to formal planning sessions to identify what leatherwood is at risk and how to avoid losing the resource – these commenced on an annual basis

2002 – forestry tasmania publishes its facts on bees advertisement in the mercury newspaper

2002 – stba responds with a rebuttal advertisement

2003 – tba develops the leatherwood management code

2003 – forestry tasmania publishes a slightly modified advertisement facts on bees

2003 – stba publishes its own advertisement in response - the true facts on bees

2004 - tba makes a submission to the legislative council committee scrutinizing the operation of forestry tasmania

2004 – by this time the huon district leatherwood resource had largely disappeared –

The huon district once contained more leatherwood than the entire leatherwood resource now remaining in the south of tasmania

2004 – the beekeepers are forced to rely on the wedge block adjacent to lake gordon, for the bulk of their resource

2004 – beekeepers submit a case to forestry tasmania for a moratorium of timber harvesting in leatherwood rich coupes in the wedge block

2004 – forestry tasmania refuses the request for the moratorium