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Greens Move to Abolish Minimum Sawlog Quota

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Tags: Forests, Native Forest Logging, Climate Change

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

On behalf of the Greens, I was proud to table the Forest Management Amendment (Minimum Sawlog Quota Repeal) Bill 2021 today. 

If passed, our Bill will abolish Section 16 of the Forest Management Act 2013, which establishes wood production supply. It requires Forestry Tasmania to make available each year 137 000 cubic metres of forest timber. 

In a climate and biodiversity crisis, there is no case for native forest logging, let alone mandated destruction targets. 

Forestry Tasmania itself has made it clear that Tasmania’s minimum sawlog quota is not sustainable from native forests. 

In a climate emergency, protecting carbon-rich, biodiverse forests, and restoring landscapes are essential.

The removal of the mandated native forest logging quota is a sensible legislative change on the path to ensuring the State doesn’t lose its net carbon sink advantage, and to a safe climate.

You can find our Bill here -