Wedged between the picturesque Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley national parks, Bicheno has been riding the wave of the East Coast's growing popularity with tourists.
Few have noticed this growth more than Subi Mead, who opened The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre in 2016 with business partner Helen Bain.
They have worked in East Coast tourism since 2000 and have seen all of its stages of development, but there's one thing that's been playing on Ms Mead's mind: the end of the moratorium on logging for 356,000 hectares of native forest in April, a large area of which sits on the edge of the Douglas-Apsley National Park.
"We've watched the area go through phases of logging, then without logging. Tourists certainly notice the log trucks. It makes it more difficult driving on the roads and it changes the tourists' perception of Tasmania," she said.
"When it's a period of increased logging, we'll get many tourists asking us about it, concerned about it.
"There's no doubt that the forests have proven themselves to be a greater asset when they're left alone than if they are cut down. Tourism generates more jobs than logging does."
In 2012, when conservationists and the forestry industry signed the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement, bringing an end to the state's forestry wars, these forests were designated "future reserves". They included areas near the towns of Scamander, Beaconsfield, Zeehan, Sheffield, Rosebery and elsewhere. Coupes also sit throughout the North-East and Tarkine, and surround Ben Lomond National Park.
In 2014, after the Liberal Party came to power, these areas were changed to Future Potential Production Forest with a six-year moratorium on logging. The government calls it a "wood bank" and boasts that the TFA has been "torn up". It attempted to end the moratorium in 2017 but copped opposition from the forestry industry itself.
That moratorium now expires in April, when forestry companies can apply to log these areas, subject to approval by both houses of parliament.
Forest Industries Association of Tasmania acting chief executive Terry Edwards was a key player in the TFA negotiations. In February, FIAT made a submission to the government claiming that 25 to 30 per cent of the FPPF land "would be suited for harvest" and could address a reduction in supply from 2022. It also suggested exchanging current production land for FPPF land.
Mr Edwards said the government must assess the entirety of the FPPF land on conservation, economic and social grounds before April.
"The green groups have embarked on a campaign of fear and scare tactics. A lot of assessment work could be done by April to take out the opportunity for scare mongering tactics," he said.
"Let's get the scientific information that these decisions will be based on so the government has this at their fingertips. This is why we're asked the government to get on with this review early, before April, to relieve some of the anxiety that exists out in the community."
When asked if communities near certain caches, including near the Douglas-Apsley, can be assured that the industry will not find them economically viable for logging, Mr Edwards said that would be part of the review.
"It would be irresponsible of me to give them that assurance," he said.
Sustainable Timber Tasmania has been attempting to gain Forestry Stewardship Council certification for the native forestry industry in an attempt to further open up export markets, but this is yet to occur.
FIAT saw this certification as important for the future of the industry.
"But if the price of getting it, such as giving up access to forests, became too high then clearly FIAT support for FSC would diminish," Mr Edwards said.
"It remains important. It's not the end of the world if we don't get it."
The Wilderness Society sees this continued failure to achieve FSC certification as an indication that Tasmania's native forestry industry fails world-standard conservation practices. They believe the 2020 moratorium was set in order to give the industry time to achieve FSC and further ensure the viability of plantation timber.
But these have largely not occurred.
Forest campaigner Liz Johnstone said the 356,000 hectares had proven conservation value and should always have been afforded the same protections as conservation reserves.
"Those areas at Ben Lomond and Mt Victoria are basically all remnant forests. This is Launceston's water catchment, it's easy to find the science on the impact that logging has on water and the siltation issues that follow," she said.
"The reserves were designed with species, habitat, carbon, water protection, scenic and amenity values in mind. We wanted to have logical and sensible boundaries - the more reserves are connected, the more resilient they'll be."
Ms Johnstone said expanding the conservation reserve network would be a "gold mine" for tourism.
"If tourism and recreation needs opportunities to grow, why don't we audit these additional areas and see what the opportunities are for community-driven tourism?" she said.
"For somewhere like Bicheno, why don't we give visitors a reason to go there for longer?"
Tree-sits are already being carried out regularly in the Tarkine, and while the Wilderness Society is not foreshadowing similar action if a logging company is able to enter FPPF areas, they still fear the impact of a return to the forestry wars.
Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett speaks with pride when he talks about the TFA being "torn up" in 2014 under his watch, replaced with the Rebuilding the Forest Industry Act.
He said there was no "secret process" being undertaken between the government and the forestry industry, and any application to log FPPF land after April would go through a "rigorous" assessment before being put to both houses of parliament for debate and for a vote.
"We have best practice forest management. We have, in that regard, in terms of production forest, you can only put forward a harvesting plan so long as it goes through and everything is approved in terms of the economic, social and environmental values, Mr Barnett said.
He said FSC certification was "very valuable" for accessing overseas markets and he believed it would be achieved for native forestry in the future, even if more native forests are provided for logging.
"They've come a long way to achieving that, but they are awaiting a final report from the auditor which occurred in May this year," Mr Barnett said.
"They already have third party certification (PEFC) and they already have access to many markets, but FSC would provide access to new markets if that were to occur."
He stood by the government's policy of refusing to protect any more of Tasmania's native forests, even if the industry had no interest in logging them.
"We will not be locking up more of Tasmania, and specifically we will not be locking up production forest and regrowth forest which is very important because working forests provide jobs," Mr Barnett said.
Others are not so convinced - particularly those who spend time in the native forests, such as artist and conservationist Angus Douglas. He is intimately familiar with Ben Lomond its surrounding areas.
"Forestry ecologists have studied the role of deep-rooted perennial vegetation in the water cycle and the slow release of catchment water," Mr Douglas said.
"If we have a drying landscape, we need to have a whole-of-catchment approach to water security. There are clear adverse effects of runoff once forestry starts going into harder-to-reach places."