Bob Brown Foundation is calling for an end to native forest logging as Forestry Tasmania has closed access to the Styx Big Tree Reserve in order to log stands of huge old growth forests in the Styx River Valley, immediately adjacent to the North Styx Conservation Area, the Styx Tall Trees Conservation Area and close to the Styx River Regional Reserve.
Shamefully, the eastern access road will be closed to the public for the full duration of the peak tourist and touring season of March to June inclusive.
“Threatened Styx valley forests support known potential giants and majestic mature tall trees that tower above a rainforest understorey. They are now locked up for logging,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaigner Erik Hayward said.
“The vast majority of the timber from two logging areas will go to export via controversial Malaysian logging company Ta Ann, while the big, old trees will be wood chipped at a financial cost to Tasmanian taxpayers,” Erik Hayward said.
Local support for the protection of the area includes the group of Derwent Valley Tourism operators who last year led a push to leave the tourist road open last year when the proposed logging of an old growth forest coupe threatened to close Styx road.
The Bob Brown Foundation supported the protection of that forest with an aerial blockade, preventing the forest from being decimated. So called Sustainable Timbers Tasmania (STT) then lied about their plans to close the road and log the forest coupe and the Premier promised that Styx Road to the Big Tree Reserve would never be closed again.
“We now call on Premier Gutwein to keep Styx Road open and protect the Valley Of Giants near Maydena by ending native forest logging,” Erik Hayward said.
“The industrial scale logging of this area is anything but sustainable, threatens the burgeoning tourist industry and is devastating to rare and endangered wildlife, the forest and the nearby Styx River. Less than a year ago a logging fire in the area escaped to burn nearby forest, tieing up emergency resources and costing tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayers money in the process,” Erik Hayward said.
“The public and small business are ignored as forests are falling and the environment degraded. An intact natural environment is a key to moving Tasmania into a sustainable and resilient future. Continued logging of old growth giants is the absolute antithesis of this,” Erik Hayward said.