Conservation Groups to Show Forestry Flaws to FSC Auditors

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Today a significant field trip to the southern forests will occur when Markets For Change, Tasmanian Conservation Trust and The Bob Brown Foundation accompany the auditors assessing Forestry Tasmania's application for Forest Stewardship Certification to see the reality of forest management.

"All our groups believe that Forestry Tasmania doesn't meet the standard of FSC and they should not get a green tick of approval, gaining advantage in the market place," Peg Putt, CEO of Markets For Change said.

"We assert that Forestry Tasmania's logging practices and planned logging in high conservation value forests do not comply with FSC requirements, and we are taking the assessors to see some examples in the forest," Peg Putt said.

"Forestry Tasmania are a self-regulating body in a climate of new science around threatened species and the need to meet upgrades to forest management that have been ignored for years.  Failures by Forestry Tasmania mean they are non-compliant with the high standards of an internationally reputable certification scheme and the latest science," Peter McGlone, Director of Tasmanian Conservation Trust said.

"In order to achieve FSC certification, Forestry Tasmania needs to be the best of the best, and they are not," Peter McGlone said.

"Across Tasmania there are remnant old growth forests, with some of the tallest flowering plants on earth and endangered species habitat that Forestry Tasmania plans to clearfell, cable log and burn.  The fastest parrot on earth, the Swift Parrot is an endangered species whose life depends on the forests that Forestry Tasmania still has on their logging schedule," Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager for The Bob Brown Foundation said.

"The fact that forests with critical habitat for endangered species and some of the oldest forests on the planet remain on the logging schedule for Forestry Tasmania to log with appalling practices, is why we are continuing to advocate for forest protection and not certification for the corporation that is logging them," Jenny Weber said.

"We have submitted to the auditors evidence that there are unique values in the threatened forests of Tasmania. We have provided extensive information and compelling evidence of fundamental failures in Forestry Tasmania's forest management system, and we hope that they will take it on board," Ed Hill, Field Assessment Consultant to the three groups, stated.

"The Swift parrot, Wedge Tailed Eagle, and the Grey Goshawk are species that are suffering from the Forestry Tasmania's unwillingness to adjust management practices to safeguard the survival of threatened species. The logging that contributes to the decline of these species needs to be stopped to ensure the survival of some of the most unique species on the planet. There is a choice, continue logging their habitat or witness their extinction," Ed Hill said.

Contact

Peg Putt

Jenny Weber 0427 366 929

Peter Mc Glone 0406 380 545


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