Media release – Guy Barnett, Minister for Resources, 26 August 2021 Magnificent. Natural. Sustainable. – This is Us, Tasmanian Forestry Tasmania’s sustainable forestry industry is taking positive steps to address outdated views of the industry. We know that Tasmania’s modern forestry sector is sustainable, innovative, environmentally friendly and driven by scientifically established best practice. This […]
Media release – Guy Barnett, Minister for Resources, 26 August 2021
Magnificent. Natural. Sustainable. – This is Us, Tasmanian Forestry
Tasmania’s sustainable forestry industry is taking positive steps to address outdated views of the industry.
We know that Tasmania’s modern forestry sector is sustainable, innovative, environmentally friendly and driven by scientifically established best practice.
This is why the Tasmanian Forest Products Association’s new This is Us, Tasmanian Forestry campaign is so important.
This is Us, Tasmanian Forestry is all about connecting Tasmanians with Tasmanian forestry and the campaign was premiered this evening at a `Parliamentary Friends of Forestry’ event which I am proud and pleased to co-convene alongside Shane Broad, the Shadow Minister for Resources.
At the local level our regional communities in particular rely on industries such as forestry to keep people in real jobs.
Sustainable forestry management is also part of the solution to some of our most pressing environmental issues such as climate change.
While the sector is already worth some $1.2 billion to our economy annually, we want to see that grow. Campaigns such as the one being rolled out by the TFPA will create the environment we need to ensure this important sector continues to thrive.
Tasmanian forestry is something to be proud of and all Tasmanians are encouraged to get behind our magnificent, natural and sustainable forestry industry.
Media release – Bob Brown Foundation, 25 August 2021
Former NSW Environment Minister joins unprecedented coalition of environment organisations calling for an end to native forest logging
Bob Debus, former Minister for Environment for NSW, has joined 61 forest conservation organisations from across Australia calling for an immediate end to native forest logging on public lands. In a joint statement, the groups make an urgent call for an end to logging to help address the climate emergency and rapid biodiversity loss. The statement comes as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a Code Red for humanity.
The former Environment Minister, and current chairman of Colong Foundation for Wilderness, says conserving our forests is critical for addressing climate change. “We know now that preserving big, mature trees is one of the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that allowing young native forests to grow old does more to increase carbon storage and protect wildlife than planting new trees”, says Bob Debus.
“Timber needs can readily be met by improving the management of our planted forests including agro-ecological plantings on farms. The continued logging of public native forest can take place only in flagrant disregard for Australia’s national interest.”
Australia’s environmental groups are also concerned with the impact that logging is having on native wildlife.
“Endangered birds and mammals including koalas, red-tailed black cockatoos, swift parrots, Leadbeaters’ possums and quokkas are losing critical habitat in logging operations and being pushed closer to extinction every time a logging crew moves into one of their remaining forests.’ says Jess Berkerling from Western Australian Forest Alliance. “This statement, signed by groups around Australia, calls on decision-makers to take urgent action to protect Australia’s remaining native forests for wildlife and biodiversity.”
“This urgent demand from native forest conservation groups from around Australia is significant knowing that the climate and biodiversity crises are inextricably linked and Australia’s remaining native forests provide a solution if securely protected. We need nature-based solutions that includes protection of wildlife rich native forests and pro-forestation of logged and degraded native forests,” said Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager from Bob Brown Foundation.
“It’s well past time that public land was managed in the public interest,” says Susie Russell from North East Forest Alliance. “Our public native forests provide valuable services such as flood and erosion mitigation, carbon storage and maintaining biodiversity. These are all diminished by logging and their value increased by restoration and protection. In the face of the climate emergency bearing down on us, governments should take immediate action to stop the ongoing destruction and begin the restoration.”
Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/08/new-forestry-propaganda-campaign/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-forestry-propaganda-campaign