By Ecological Internet, February 17, 2013
An important new report from Still Wild Still Threatened finds the Australian government has made pledges to protect Tasmania’s priceless temperate rainforests, yet industrial clearcut logging of old-growth continues in what is to be a World Heritage Area.
Important forest wildernesses covering some 170,000 hectares and including Butlers Gorge; and the Florentine, Weld and Styx valleys, have been nominated to be added to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and could finally be given protection after decades of protests.
Alarmingly, however, industrial scale clear felling is still continuing within those forests, with timbers being sold as “eco ply” by the Malaysian timber mafia. From the top of the “Observer Tree” in the middle of this ancient forest, conservationist Miranda Gibson is calling for your help to protect these globally significant forests. Miranda’s action is part of long running grassroots campaigns to protect Tasmania’s forests for more than 20 years.
Demand the Australian government honor their international obligations and protect these World Heritage nominated old-growth temperate rainforests from industrial destruction.