Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers is committed to maintaining the highest standards of environmental stewardship.
KIPT is consulting about various environmental issues with a variety of agencies, including Biosecurity SA; Department for Environment and Water; and Natural Resources Kangaroo Island.
The Company’s timber plantations have now been accredited under the Forestry Stewardship Council scheme.
FSC® certification means that the Company’s timber and, subject to chain of custody arrangements, all products that are produced from the fibre and lumber it provides, are able to be accredited under the FSC® scheme. FSC® certification is independent recognition, of the company’s commitment to operate to the highest environmental standards in the unique environment of Kangaroo Island.
KIPT thanks PF Olsen Australia, its forestry management partner, for overseeing the audit and certification process.
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As part of its commitment to the environment, KIPT also ascribes to various certifications, such as an EPA licence to operate timber treatment plant at the Timber Creek Mill.
List of environmental studies
Below is a list of studies either completed or ongoing, which will be available later this year as part of the Environmental Impact Statement for the development at Smith Bay.
- Water quality monitoring since start of 2017
- Wave, tide & current monitoring from June 2016
- Coastal processes modelling underway
- Seabed core sampling – permit issued
- Whale strike probability modelling
- Maritime heritage assessment
- Marine ecology study
- Terrestrial ecology study
- Soil and groundwater study
- Berth harmonics study
- EPBC matters
- Specialist adviser on aquaculture – Professor Anthony Cheshire
Working with others
The company is working with agencies and community groups on Kangaroo Island in a number of projects that support the natural environment.
Of the 25,400 hectares of land owned by KIPT, 7300ha (or 29 per cent) is remnant native vegetation within the plantations, which provides important habitat to many species.
KIPT responded to an urgent call by the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board for support for its Glossy Black-Cockatoo Recovery Program. The company has provided almost $100,000 so far in sponsorship to ensure the program continues. Read more here
KIPT has signed up to the Kangaroo Island Conservation Landholders Association. The group aims to bring together Island landholders who own land for conservation purposes. We hope through this group to contribute to the conservation of land and the species it supports.
KIPT has also given permission for the newly formed Land for Wildlife group to access its properties to survey for the KI dunnart, which is a flagship species on the island and is one of the 20 mammal species identified for priority action in the Australian Government’s Threatened Species Strategy. Its current distribution and population on Kangaroo Island is unknown and difficult to estimate due to its elusive habits. The KI dunnart is only known from a total of 35 records and six current locations, all of which are within Flinders Chase National Park.
Birds in our plantations
Bird watchers on Kangaroo Island have helped Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers to find out just which birds are in the plantations and how many.
The project, in conjunction with Birdlife Australia, is part of KIPT’s commitment to good forestry management under its Forestry Stewardship Council certification.
About 7000 hectares of KIPT land – 29 per cent of its estate – is still remnant native vegetation and will remain so, providing important habitat for birds and other fauna species, as well as rare plants.
“This is the first year of our annual bird survey and we expect to see changes in the types and numbers of birds over the years as older trees are harvested and replaced by new trees,” KIPT’s Director of Community Engagement, Shauna Black, said.
“We had eight groups of surveyors who worked over November to do bird counts in almost 100 transects on more than 30 properties. The 20-plus volunteers surveyed plantation areas, native vegetation and edge lines on our properties, as well as control areas nearby in national parks and conservation areas.
“It was a rare opportunity to access plantation sites for many of these enthusiasts and we are very grateful for their time and energy in helping us in this important work,” Ms Black said.
Early reports show a wide variety of birds thriving in various habitats. Birdlife Australia is compiling the findings and will publish them in the New Year.