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Environmental groups outside the forestry peace deal are attacking the credibility of the Wilderness Society.

Fringe groups are angry about the society’s comments during an Upper House inquiry into the peace deal legislation.

The society’s Vica Bayley revealed he will travel overseas, asking customers of a timber veneer company to be patient while an end to the forest wars is being finalised.

He plans to meet customers of Ta Ann in Japan.

That has prompted Jenny Weber from the Huon Valley Environment centre to question whether the society cares about protecting the forests or supporting Ta Ann.

Ms Weber says scores of people have left the society because they are disappointed the group is lobbying for the industry.

But Mr Bayley says the deal is the best way forward for conservation.

Signatories to Tasmania’s forest peace deal remain split over proposed amendments.

Several Upper House MPs have defended their absence from the peace deal inquiry.

Rosemary Armitage, Tania Rattray and Greg Hall have been ‘no shows’ at public hearings in Hobart this week.

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