The board of Timber Communities Australia has reaffirmed its support for Tasmania's forest peace deal, despite a revolt from grassroots members.
The board agreed to review its decision to sign the deal after a telephone hook-up with Tasmanian members who oppose it.
Most board members did not change their position at a meeting yesterday and want the agreement to proceed for the benefit of all members.
Chief executive Jim Adams hopes members will eventually accept the board's decision.
While he understands the concerns, Mr Adams says it was crucial the board got behind the deal.
"The views of the membership were really well known and that it was too important a situation for the board to throw away the opportunity, or the capacity, to look after the views of the membership going forward; to lose that opportunity through a protest vote," he said.
The Legislative Council will vote on the peace deal legislation next week.
Terry Edwards, from the Forest Industries Association, says he is concerned Upper House MPs may have been influenced by the TCA's internal bickering.
"This is ostensibly about doing away with 30 years of conflict in our forests," he said.
"I'd ask people to think carefully about what Tasmania looks like without forestry conflict.
"It's a nirvana that we've worked for a long long time but I think the balance in this agreement is about right."