Tree sitter calls on government to act on rescheduler’s report and deliver conservation agreement
Media Release: 19/12/2011
Tasmanian forest activist Miranda Gibson has called for the Tasmanian and Commonwealth governments to take urgent action after the release of an Independent Expert Schedulers report into the logging of forests within 430,000 hectares earmarked for immediate protection.
Tasmaian Senator Richard Colbeck today released the report which indicates that Forestry Tasmania intend to log at least 34 coupes within the 430,000 hectares of high conservation value forest that Julia Gillard promised would be immediately protected.
‘It is now crucial for the Federal and State Governments to honour their own commitment and provide compensation in order to save these thousands of hectares of forest from immanent destruction,’ treesitter and Still Wild Still Threatened spokesperson, Miranda Gibson said.
‘Forestry Tasmania can no longer hide their logging behind the excuse of contractual obligations. Clause 27 of the Intergovernmental Agreement states unequivocally that 430,000 hectares of identified high conservaton value forests must be immediately protected and that any contracts unable to be met from outside this area, such as those listed in this report, must instead be compenstated’ Miranda Gibson said.
‘Pro-logging interests are seeking to manipulate the findings of this report to undermine the agreement, yet they have the gall to attack environmental campaigners who are simply asking the Government honor its own word,’ Miranda Gibson said.
“Today is my sixth day living in a tree-site in the middle of a logging coupe that slated for immanent logging. Through my daily blog, I have been able to show the world not only the conservation value of this unique forest but also the devastating impact of logging that is occurring. The irreparable damage being done to this area of forest is completely unacceptable and a breach of the IGA” said Ms Gibson.