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Stopping Logging in Old Growth Forest November 20, 2004 6:24 AM

Even those Coalition has won the election $150 million is not nearly enough to stop logging Tasmania Old Growth Forest especially when logging in Tasmania Old Growth Forest before the election was not going to be stopped anyway.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 November 20, 2004 8:42 PM

Could you fill us in a bit more please? What's all the money for? I think the WWF signed off on the old plan which both major parties now seem to think is insufficient. I think it's a shame that these high profile areas get all the media attention and most of the attention from environmental groups when they are already protected and other less beautiful areas (like coastal swamps that devlopers like to turn into canal estates) are not getting enough protection.  [ send green star]
Logging in Tas November 20, 2004 11:38 PM

The 150 million proposed but not confirm by the PM is only for certain areas ( or and that not all high profile is protected for example you can still log in Old Growth Forests which is what the WWF wants, they still want to allow logging in Tasmania. But hopefully both of us agree that different areas needs protecting.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Another thing I forgot to add November 20, 2004 11:47 PM

Even those $150 million is way less then $800 million proposed by the Labour Party. The issue of logging in Tasmania was not really know to the general public for years until both side put money up with help from certain environment groups who feels there is more money to be made from people visiting the forests then having logging in these areas even those The Tasmania Premier and others cannot accept this fact.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 November 21, 2004 2:47 PM

How much money is there in ecotourism? If it is worth so much more than maybe the huge buyout is justified, although logging and ecotourism are not mutually exclusive. Last year I remember hearing about this issue. There was a protestor on the street handing out info and trying to raise funds. There was some discussion on JJJ too. Thanks for the links.  [ send green star]
anonymous money in ecotourism August 07, 2005 10:06 PM

In the long run (and that is how we should be thinking, right?) ecotourism will provide more money for the Tasmanian economy than logging. Tourism already provides much more money to the state than Forestry does, and if they are not logged, the forests will be around for a long time to come. I understand what is said about the fact that there is a big fuss made about Tassie's forests compared to other environments (like wetlands, mallee, etc.) but that does not mean that Tassie's forests are not worth protecting. The logging of Tasmania's forests is not just even about the forests, it is also extreme corporate greed, government monopolies, and workers rights. Maybe we only hear so much about Tassie's forests because Tasmania has a long history of horrific exploitation of the earth, it's animals and people, and therefore activists down here have long experience in running campaigns. Also, old growth forests like the ones being logged in Tassie release incredibly large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere when they are burned (because they are so old and there is so much biomass), and would contribute a great deal to global warming. What can be done??: Buy sustainable or recycled timber, and don't buy paper products that use old growth forest woodchips.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous Senator Brown visits Weld Valley camp October 31, 2005 5:09 PM

26th October 2005
Senator Bob Brown Launches Canopy Research Station
Lower Weld Valley Tasmania
Senator Bob Brown today visited the Tree Sit Village in the Lower Weld Valley today. Australia's first Canopy Research Station in a threatened forest was launched with Senator Brown visiting the research station.
“It is a stunning area. Being hauled 46 metres up a giant eucalypt and then to see tiny pardolotes (birds) darting in and out of a nest hollow above my head, brought home the reality that this forest canopy is full of wildlife. More than the trees are felled and burnt,” Senator Brown said.
“There are possibly dozens of insects here unknown to science. This canopy research will fill some of the blank spaces in the Tasmanian Government's mind. It is amazing that Forestry Tasmania has not studied the Weld forests before condemning them to total destruction.”
The canopy research involves laying tiny insect traps at 9 locations in 4 layers, each 15 metres higher off the ground. The research is being supported by university researchers.
“The research team here deserve great praise,” Senator Brown said.
A Tree Sit Village has been established in the Weld Valley. The innovative protest is halting a proposed road that will open up a large area of high conservation forest bordering the World Heritage Area.

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