Media Release: Tasmania sends more carbon-rich Tarkine forests to destruction

“Tasmanian Premier Hodgman is driving the logging of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest in takayna / Tarkine and critically endangered species’ habitat in the state’s unique native forests.  Premier Hodgman has locked in more woodchipping of threatened species’ habitat, more loss of wilderness forests and more public subsidies to prop up a failing, outdated business model,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

“Just like the huge rise in the destruction of the Amazon forests under Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, we are seeing a fresh assault on our own little Amazon, takayna / Tarkine, under Tasmania’s right-wing leader Will Hodgman,” Jenny Weber said.

This week, Sustainable Timbers Tasmania's new three-year logging plan has slated over 30,000 hectares of unlogged native forests statewide for logging, with less than 10% of the yield ending up as sawn timber products, and 0.7% as specialty timber. A staggering 74% is planned for low value woodchips.

“Last week we had sawmillers confirming lower demand for our native forest wood, and this week we have Sustainable Timbers Tasmania doubling down on a failing model,” said Bob Brown Foundation Campaigner Scott Jordan.

“Here is an old planet-destroying industry in receipt of massive public subsidies and grants, and yet has lost its market share1 to a forward-focused plantation sector. The game is up. The market is speaking, but this Government doesn't want to hear,” Scott Jordan said.

“Premier Hodgman waves through three more years of vital public money being squandered instead of being directed to our cash starved hospitals and social housing sectors,” Scott Jordan said.

“These new logging plans push the critically endangered Swift Parrot, and endangered species like the Spotted-tailed Quoll, three years closer to extinction. It commits to three more years of annual burns and forest destruction contributing millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases, pushing the climate to the edge,” Jenny Weber said.

Bob Brown Foundation will continue to oppose and expose plans to log Tasmania's ancient forests.

1 ABARE, Summary - Tabular data of Australian forest and wood products statistics: September and December quarters 2018 summary statistics - workbook XLSX, Table 6 Logs harvested by log types,Shows that plantations in 2018 provide more logs than the whole supply chain (native + plantation) in 2010.

Contact: Adam Burling, adam@bobbrown.org.au

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