Forestry group offers olive branch

The Forest Industries Association has put forward a new plan to achieve peace in Tasmania's forests.

The association recently withdrew from informal negotiations with environmentalists, saying it will now only speak to government.

Chief Executive Terry Edwards has told ABC Local Radio he has developed new demands for wood contracts and has offered them to environment groups through the forestry union.

"That document does substantially modify our position in respect to wood supply by considerably lowering the bar in what we have been seeking and, equally, we have offered to the environment movement very, very considerable conservation outcomes from an agreement," he said.

"'We are doing it for a number of reasons but primarily we are doing it to give, to use a hackneyed phrase, to give peace a chance.

"We are doing that, which is why we have substantially reviewed our position and it is a position that we are not entirely comfortable with.

"It is substantially below what we think is an appropriate level of wood supply but we are putting it forward in a genuine attempt to reach a compromise outcome.

"The onus now falls to the other side.

We've moved it is now their turn." The long-running formal talks collapsed last month, with both sides blaming each other.

The Wilderness Society has welcomed the association's revised position.

Spokesman Vica Bayley says his group will consider it.

"The fact that FIAT have put some of their ideas on paper and presented it to the table, if not returned back to the table themselves, is a very welcome move and it does breathe some new opportunity into getting an agreement out of this process."

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