Media Release: New logging schedule reveals plans for forest devastation

Sus Timber Tasmania has released a three year wood production plan that spells large scale destruction of native forests across Tasmania.  The plan has 417 new logging coupes in native forests at a time when native forest logging needs to end due to its contribution to the climate and biodiversity crisis. Including Tasmanian Government target of the northeast with forest destruction and wildlife loss in new logging plans.

The Tasmanian government policy is to increase native forest logging in Tasmania.

“There needs to be a zero-year wood production plan for Tasmania’s native forests.  In this era of mass extinction and the climate emergency, all native forests need urgent protection from logging,” Jenny Weber said.

“Habitat for the critically endangered Swift Parrot remains on the logging schedule, five years after IUCN recommended all public lands that support the Swift Parrot need to be in secure conservation reserves for its survival,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

“Clearfelling of ancient forests, cable logging on steep slopes, new roads into pristine forests and logging of endangered species habitat is on the government plans for forest and climate devastation.  Rainforest and native forest logging at a time when reversing impacts on climate is necessary not increasing damaging impacts.  While Sus Timber Tasmania has scheduled more than 5000 hectares of old growth forests to be logging, the older the tree, the greater its potential to store carbon and slow climate change,” Jenny Weber said.

“While our Foundation is analysing the logging plans we have noticed a temporary reprieve for significant areas of forests in the Tarkine where our protests have taken place in the last five years.  Rainforests and ancient forests have been removed from the logging schedule in the Tarkine’s Sumac, Frankland river and Rapid river areas. 

However, logging remains a looming threat for other world heritage value rainforests and ancient eucalyptus forests in the Tarkine.  We will turn our attention from the proposed logging road in Sumac forests where hundreds of citizens have camped, defended and protected forests from logging to these other locations, such as a new ancient Tarkine forest targeted for logging where a new 2km road is proposed into pristine forests at Mt Bertha.  Elsewhere in the Tarkine three rainforest areas are on the logging plans,” Jenny Weber said.

“Citizens who have been on the frontline in the Sumac, Rapid river and Frankland river forests can be confident they helped our Foundation see these forests left standing, and now they are too high in the public’s regard to handle.  As it is too contentious to log and the forests are not necessary to meet wood demands then these ancient Tarkine forests should be put immediately into formal protection,”  Jenny Weber said

We have more work to do to make all native forests too hot to handle and we will continue to ramp up our campaign to defend and protect the rainforests of takayna / Tarkine and native forests all over Tasmania,” Jenny Weber said.

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