Updated: July 23, 2012
Saving Tassie's forests - one step away
In 2010, with the forest industry in collapse, industry groups and conservationists – including the Wilderness Society – set out to create a peaceful and sustainable future for Tasmania’s forests. We embarked on the difficult task of developing a Tasmanian Forest Agreement.
Today, another significant milestone in the Agreement process was achieved, and we are one step closer to protecting our forests and creating a sustainable future for Tasmanian communities and forest workers.
After thirty years of campaigning and two years of intense negotiations, we are proud put our name to a joint statement by Forest Agreement signatories – presented to Government representatives this afternoon – outlining that substantial progress toward a final Agreement has been made.
Signatories have come a long way but we need further analysis of wood supply to confirm that the gap between reserves and a sustainable supply of wood will be bridged. We are optimistic that we can deliver a finalised Agreement within weeks, and are now waiting on detailed, scientific modelling that will allow us to 'fill in the gaps' and finalise the negotiations.
From Farmhouse Creek to the Styx Valley, from blockades to negotiating tables, the Wilderness Society has been working to defend Tassie's wild forests for more than three decades. Everyday Australians have been the backbone of this campaign, and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment, patience and unwavering support.
Together with the other signatories, we look forward to the completion of the final wood supply analysis and negotiations so that the Agreement can be presented to the State and Federal governments.
Stay tuned for more good news in the coming weeks!
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For more information, please contact:
The Wilderness Society Tasmania Inc
130 Davey Street, TAS, 7000 Australia
Phone: (03) 6224 1550 | Fax: (03) 6223 5112