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Three Year Forest Destruction Plan a Climate Disaster

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Tags: Climate Change, Carbon Storage, Threatened Species, Swift Parrot, Giant Freshwater Lobster, Tasmanian Devil, Environment, Native Forest Logging, Forests

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Climate Change spokesperson

Sustainable Timbers Tasmania’s ‘Three Year Wood Production Plan’ is a climate disaster. In a climate emergency and biodiversity crisis, there is no justification for continued native forest logging.

The Three Year Forest Destruction Plan maps out the obliteration of more than 400 new coupes. These are critical carbon stores and habitats for threatened species, but the Liberals plan to log and burn them - releasing huge amounts of CO2.

Swift parrot habitat is still on the chopping block in the south east, along with healthy Tasmanian devil and Giant freshwater crayfish habitat in the takayna/Tarkine.

There is no way of knowing if the destruction will stop here. Just a month ago, Suss Timbers Tasmania were adding coupes to last year’s plan - without notice or justification.

How can Tasmanians believe what’s on this already bloated forest devastation document? They can’t.

The planet has continued heating at alarming levels during the COVID pandemic, with the highest ever temperature of 38 degrees recorded in the Arctic Circle. Right now is the time for governments to stop, not accelerate, climate destruction.

As the first Liberal Climate Change Minister, Premier Peter Gutwein – who recently referred to Tasmania’s forests as a ‘carbon sink’ in Parliament – must end this climate madness.