For those going to the Defend World Heritage Rally in the Upper Florentine this weekend, here is some information on the guided walks being offered.
New video from the Bob Brown Foundation about why we need to defend our World Heritage listed forests
Dear Friend of the Tasmanian World Heritage Forests,
DEFEND THE WORLD HERITAGE AREA
12:30PM Upper Florentine Valley Tasmania
The Bob Brown Foundation is launching a season of events to help protect the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area against the removal of 74,000 ha, including globally significant forests.
Our first event is in the magnificent forests of the Upper Florentine on April 27th. We would like to invite you to be involved.
With guest speakers, we will gather together in these ancient forests, while they are still safe, and send a message of support to UNESCO that World Heritage is meant to be forever.
Please mark the date in your diaries and help make this event colourful, powerful and important.
How can you help?
1. Email your contacts and share on your facebook and twitter networks.
Our website link: http://bobbrown.org.au/content/index.php/foundation/campaigns.
Our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/654087197992111
Tweet = Join us in the World Heritage Upper Florentine forests on 27.4.14 http://ow.ly/uEezt via @BobBrownFdn #defendworldheritage
2. Help with posters, banners, and promotions and on the day of the event. Ask people in your organisations and networks to help. Contact email@example.com to volunteer or phone 0427 366 929.
3. Promote our event. Display a banner at your organisation’s premises, in the window or at a nearby prominent location?
We need to show UNESCO that Tasmanian’s are passionate about protecting our World Heritage Area and that we support the current boundaries which protect these magnificent forests.
World Heritage is meant to be forever.
Major green groups involved in a pact with the timber company Ta Ann are not commenting on their new peace deal.
Tony Abbott is wrong - Australia’s forest protection more important in age of climate change
Media Release - 5th March 2014
Australia’s forest advocacy groups have responded to Prime Minister Tony Abbotts attack on forests and praise for the industry that destroys them. Many of Australia’s forest conservation groups have been working to have the remaining forests and the wildlife within them protected over the decades.
WA Forest Alliance spokesperson Jess Beckerling said, “Fancy thinking that loggers, who are clearfelling ancient ecosystems at taxpayers’ expense, are the ‘ultimate conservationists’. It goes to show that the Prime Minister has no idea what protection of Australia’s most precious places even means. Tony Abbott is running a shameless attack against the places we love; our forests, marine parks, the Great Barrier Reef. It’s no wonder we’re seeing a resurgence of peaceful direct action around the country.”
Peg Putt, CEO of Markets For Change, said, “The Prime Minister’s determination to log precious native forests when it is documented to be ecologically unsustainable jeopardises the markets of the forest industry which these days demand high environmental credentials in the wood products they sell.”
"He would assist the industry into a viable future more effectively and create more secure jobs if he supported utilising existing plantations for value added product and took the pressure off nature, Peg Putt said.
“Converting the ailing woodchipping export trade into industrial scale incineration of forests to produce electricity is a plan that will harm the climate and horrify consumers,” Peg Putt said.
Jill Redwood from Environment East Gippsland said, “Just as the latest CSIRO report shows Australia’s extreme weather is set to get worse and become the norm, our PM is advocating the further clearfelling and logging of natural forests in order to keep a failing native forest industry struggling against the tide.”
“If there was an international court to try the world’s worst environmental criminals Tony Abbott would be in the dock! He is an appalling/embarrassing example as the leader of a developed nation, at a time when the world’s natural environments are all under extreme stress,” Jill Redwood said.
“Forests are critical in the fight to moderate our climate. There are plantations enough ready to process right now into sawn timber as well as woodchips for paper, without the need to cut down one more stick of native forest” said Jill Redwood.
Tim Gentles from Goongerah Environment Centre said, "The Abbott government has shown themselves to be dangerously irrational when it comes to the economic and environmental reality of native forest logging. Tony Abbott appears happy to undo the protection of our loved and iconic forests whilst allowing millions of taxpayer dollars to disappear for the benefit of offshore companies like Ta Ann and Nippon Paper."
Harriett Swift spokesperson for South East Region Conservation Alliance said, “At a time when the national government should be looking at protecting native forests as an affordable way of combating climate change, Mr Abbott is declaring war on them. Mr Abbott has made it blindingly clear why his government is not prepared to subject the logging industry to the same hard line ‘no subsidy’ ideology that other industries are facing. Abbott pledged to treat this industry that has privileged subsidies at the expense of tax-payers, “You aren’t just any industry,” he told them.”
Markets For Change, Goongerah Environment Centre VIC, Environment East Gippsland VIC, Huon Valley Environment Centre TAS, South East Region Conservation Alliance NSW, Still Wild Still Threatened TAS, My Environment VIC
The Bob Brown Foundation have provided a submission guide for you to use for the Senate Inquiry into the delisting of the forests from the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Please share through out your networks and send in a submission in this final week.
Forest Protester sent to jail in Tasmania
Feb 24th, 2014 - Media Release
Nishant Datt will spend one month in jail after breaching a suspended sentence whilst participating in a protest at the Huon Valley Ta Ann mill. He was also sentenced to a further one month imprisonment wholly suspended for 18 months.
Huon Valley Environment Centre’s Jenny Weber said, “Nishant Datt has been a defender of the wild forests of Tasmania for seven years. The newly listed World Heritage value forests are the places that he has worked tirelessly to defend from logging.”
“Those people who are aware of environmental destruction are morally compelled to highlight this. In the face of Government ineptitude and a short-sighted industry, this often calls for non-violent protest in order to prevent the loss of unique forests,” Jenny Weber said.
“If it wasn’t for people like Nishant, the Upper Florentine Valley would have been riddled with 15 clearfells, and instead remains an intact ecosystem of tall eucalyptus forest that is World Heritage listed,” Jenny Weber said.
“The State Liberal Party is proposing new laws for mandatory sentences and big fines for protesters and conservation organisations if they are elected to government. This type of disproportionate, heavy-handed crackdown on the environment movements is designed to push a political agenda. People will remain committed to being on the frontline defending the environment as long as it is being destroyed,” Jenny Weber said.
We will conduct a prisoner support campaign for Nish, which will include posting him letters while Nish is in prison.
Please help Nish pay his legal costs by donating here.
Forestry Tasmania jobs are on the line as the Liberal party prepare to slash millions of dollars from the troubled company.
Forestry Tasmania jobs are on the line as the Liberal party prepare to slash millions of dollars from the troubled company. Though this story points to Hodgman back-flipping on the plan, and tending to keeping it afloat if necessary. As has been the case for far too long. People employed at Forestry Tasmania should be moved into departments within the Govt, split up the functions of FT and get rid of this taxpayer draining agency that causes environmental damage, from the soil to the stripping of native forests to polluting the air with regeneration burns.
Our world-class forests, deserve world-class protection. Sign the petition to call on the Abbot Government to withdraw their bid to delist Tasmania’s World Heritage forests.
Please sign this GetUp! petition
Australian Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s dreadful proposal to excise intact forests of tall eucalyptus from the far south, Esperance, Picton, Weld, Snowy ranges, Lune and Hastings - and that is just the Huon region.
Tasmania’s World Heritage extension was long fought for by community groups, conservationists and scientists. The evidence is in and it is compelling. The Federal Liberal party promised to do this and they were voted in…. Not with our vote.
Forest Stewardship Council public stakeholder consultation forum - Seeking feedback on the draft International Generic Indicators and the first phase of developing the Australian National FSC Forestry Management Standard.
Are you interested in having your say about forestry issues? Please share and register for this free FSC Stakeholder Forum in Hobart:
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm Location: Centenary Lecture Theatre, Bld 10, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus.
Unesco to consider federal proposal to delist 74,000 hectares despite opposition from state, environmentalists and loggers
Tasmanian Labor promise to destroy climate, wildlife habitat and native forests in latest election policy to fund a biomass industry
Media Release 31.1.14 - Huon Valley Environment Centre’s Jenny Weber today stated, “In a new low for Tasmania, the Premier has made a state election promise for $500 000 to build a polluting native forest fuelled biomass industry. We can’t afford to trash our forests for bioenergy. Our precious forests must be protected for wildlife, water and the air we breathe. Trashing native forests for bio-energy will make climate change worse,”
“Promising a biomass industry for Tasmania is irresponsible. A biomass industry would be a threat to people’s health, the wildlife that depend on intact native forests for habitat, and the climate. A transition out of native forest logging and clearfelling in Tasmania will provide a responsible way forward for our community and the climate,” Jenny Weber said.
“ Tasmanian Labor has excessively wasted taxpayer funds to prop up the native forest industry, an industry that needs to make comprehensive reform to move away from reliance on polluting, broad scale logging and wildlife habitat destruction,” Jenny Weber said.
“The absurd notion that a biomass industry is about using the ‘waste’ in the logging operation is only trying to cloud the truth. It will replace or supplement the export woodchip trade. The woodchip trade in the past has driven the destruction of native forests in Tasmania while the community was lied to that it was a by-product of the industry. Now that Tasmania has lost the woodchip market and the forests continue to be trashed, Labor is out to help it’s logging mates burn the forests for bio-energy to allow for entrenched native forest destruction,” Jenny Weber said.