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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Tarkine Gems Threatened by Future Liberal Logging





There is no longer a Forestry war between Industry and Conservationists, yet the State Liberals want such a controversy, and they are convinced that opening up old wounds through the logging of deferred forests prior to the next state election will win them governance again.

If Ta Ann and Artec don’t want their timber resources supplied from these High Conservation Forests, then biomass burning must be their contentious agenda.

Above is what we stand to lose in the Tarkine under an ongoing Liberal government …

*Ted Mead began campaigning in the northwest of Tas in the late 1980’s when the TWS Rainforest Proposals morphed into the Tarkine wilderness campaign. Since then he has seen the diminishing of the region’s wild places through roading, mining and forestry, though is still confident a grand reserve of some form will prevail in the next decade.

Bob Brown Foundation: Only 8 weeks to stop Tarkine rainforest destruction

Analysis of logging plan shows important values need protection

Bob Brown ob Brown Foundation making final appeal to the state government to remove sections of the Tarkine from Forestry Tasmania’s logging schedule

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  1. Russell

    December 9, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Re #6
    Thanks Pete.

    Then FT should be wound up seeing there is no need for them, and taxpayer money should go to Conservation, and the TFS and volunteer fire fighters to manage forest fuel reductions properly.

    There is much more money in tourism than chopping down the environment they come to see. The runs are already on the board.

    If FT wants to stay in the game, then they have to make a profit from the existing plantations like they expect potential buyers to do.

  2. Pete Godfrey

    December 9, 2016 at 9:25 am

    #5 The reason they don’t want to harvest the plantations Russell is that they want to sell them.
    FT need the money to survive, if they cut the trees they will lose money. The more trees FT cut the more they lose. So the best thing is to sell the trees and get some money back.
    Remember when Greg L’Strange of Gunns ltd said they were the worlds most expensive plantations.
    There is also the issue of Gunns plantations that are on Crown land to deal with too.
    I guess the receivers will want their pound of flesh for them too, even though the presence of the plantations has actually devalued the land.

  3. Russell

    December 8, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    WHY are native forests being logged at all when there has been and will be no profit derived from it?

    WHY don’t they harvest their bloody monoculture plantations???

  4. john hayward

    December 3, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Ted, Are you sure that this is a tactical move by the Libs?

    Couldn’t this be one of those wars of extermination periodically waged by forces of the far right around the world? Remember who runs the party of government down here.

    John Hayward

  5. john hayward

    December 3, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    The scheduled Tarkine logging could provide a perfect opportunity to make a documentary of what a clearfell means to a native forest in the 21st century.

    A team of dedicated people could record all forms of life in these coupes before, and then after their holocaust. To these records could be added the calculations of greenhouse emissions, particulate pollution, waterway degradation, habitat destruction, soil erosion, aesthetic impacts, and gross contributions to the state’s economy, topped off with pics of all responsible ministers.

    The resulting document could then be posted around the world, bearing witness to the fact that even a preternatural level of malicious stupidity cannot be patented by Donald Trump.

    John Hayward

  6. Ted Mead

    December 3, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    #1 Pete – I’m sure the Liberals will aim for the most contentious coupes to peddle their inflammatory agenda. Maybe that will be the coupes around the Frankland River?

    Back in 1991 when we launched the Tarkine WHA proposal there were no roads into the Frankland River, Upper Blackwater, Balfour and Dempster/Horton Forests. Since then FT have been systematically picking the eyes out of the region and reducing the wilderness values ASAP. Most of the biodiversity will eventually recover over a long period of time, but the road and quarry scars will remain as a legacy to the wanton vandalism.

  7. Pete Godfrey

    December 3, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Ted there may not be a forestry war but there is a government run war on our forests.
    I believe that Guy Barnett will do anything to make himself look relevant and get elected.
    After he was demoted by Eric Abetz and lost his Senate position he is desparate to stay employed.
    I pity the Tarkine, I guess that the remaining forests along the Blackwater Road, Frankland River and South Arthur are in for a pizzling.

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