Forestry Tasmania trading as Sustainable Timber Tasmania has agreed to halt logging plans in 49 coupes, some as large as 400 hectares, in Tasmania’s northeast forests where critically endangered swift parrots are feeding and breeding. The total area is 4064 hectares.
“This is a temporary reprieve for this extraordinary bird, the fastest parrot on Earth,” Bob Brown said in Hobart today. “We now await the finding of the full bench of the Federal Court, due in coming weeks, on our primary case that the Regional Forest Agreement which has allowed the logging of Swift Parrot habitat in Tasmania is illegal.”
“Today’s development means that logging cannot proceed in the thousands of hectares of Eastern Tiers forests which the migratory Swift Parrots have taken up as their main nesting and foraging area over this summer. The birds are dependent on nectar from the blossoming of the eucalypts and our scientific evidence is that trees providing this essential food, and nest sites, for the Swift Parrot were being targeted for destruction by SST over summer.”
“It is time logging of native forests, the habitat for a wide range of rare and endangered wildlife, was ended across Australia. It provides only a small fraction of wood for domestic use. These days this logging is mainly to unnecessarily feed wood products to markets in China and Japan.”
“This temporary reprieve for the breeding Swift Parrots is an outcome of excellent science, peaceful citizens’ defence of the forests and strong legal argument. It should never have been necessary and shows the failure of governments, not least ministers for the environment, in Hobart and Canberra to honour their job in protecting this nation’s beleaguered forests and wildlife as vital parts of the nation’s enduring natural heritage,” Bob Brown said.