Forestry Tasmania

7.9.2010 - ‘DEVILS IN DANGER’ REPORT RELEASED FOR THREATENED SPECIES DAY

 

 

Community conservation group Still Wild Still Threatened is today marking National Threatened Species Day with the launch of a new report, ‘Devils in Danger' - an investigation into the threatened species of the Upper Florentine.

The report presents data from threatened species surveys the organisation has conducted in the Upper Florentine valley over the last six months. Using infra red cameras, Still Wild Still Threatened has recorded the presence of several endangered Tasmanian devils and rare spotted-tailed quolls in proposed logging coupes. To download a copy of the report, follow this link, http://www.stillwildstillthreatened.org/resources/devils-danger-investig...

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, 5th August 2010. NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT GROUPS SAY ‘GIVE FOREST FURNACES THE FLICK’

Conservationists from across the country have joined forces today, as
part of a national day of action against the continued logging and
burning of native forests. Conservation groups from Tasmania, Victoria,
Western Australia, New South Wales, Canberra and Queensland are taking
part in local actions to highlight the threats to biodiversity that
burning native forests for electricity will create.

In the midst of the election campaign, conservationists are calling on
both major parties to announce policy intervention to resolve the forest
crisis.

     

   

Photos from National Day of Action. 

Top Left : Melbourne    Top Right: Hobart

Bottom Left: Perth       Bottom Right: Batemans Bay


In Hobart, conservationists from Still Wild Still Threatened and the
Huon Valley Environment Centre staged a protest outside Forestry
Tasmania's Melville Street headquarters. A giant toaster, representing a
forest furnace, popped out burnt endangered wildlife such as the
Tasmanian devil.

Two conservationists climbed onto the roof of the building and
displayed a banner saying "Don't Toast Our Wildlife - Ban Wood Fired
Power".

Community members also gathered outside Forestry Tasmania to sign
letters addressed to major parties calling for the protection of native
forests and the passage of legislation to ban burning native forests for
electricity. 

2.7.2010 Conservationists highlight burning forests threat in banner action

Tasmanian forest activists have unfurled a banner over a prominent Hobart city billboard to highlight the dangers of allowing forestry companies to burn native forests for power generation.  

 

 

The banner was dropped today over a billboard at the corner of Bathurst and Elizabeth Streets. It reads "Ban Wood-fired Power". The banner sends a clear message to governments and industry that the only

way to rule out the risks associated with burning our native forestsfor power is an outright ban on this archaic practice.

 

Forestry Tasmania, Gunns Ltd and other forestry and mining industry players are running a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign to have burning native forests for power installed as part of a false climatechange solution.A plan released by the Forests and Council (FFIC) calls forinvestments of over $300 million in wood fired power and proposes burning over 1.1 million cubic metres of Tasmanian timber in three power stations. There are currently three proposals for wood-fired power stations in Tasmania: at the Southwood facility in the HuonValley, at Circular Head in the North-West of the state and at Gunns planned pulp mill in the Tamar Valley. Combined, these power stations would consume many hundreds of thousands of tonnes of timber from Tasmania’s high conservation value native forests

SPOT TAILED QUOLLS CLIMB TREES ON PARLIAMENT LAWNS AS DAZZA DEVIL CALLS FOR AN END TO LOGGING TASMANIA’S ANCIENT FORESTS

International Day for Biodiversity 22nd May 2010

Today, two spotted tailed quolls climbed trees at Hobart’s Parliament Lawns as Dazza the Tasmanian devil held a press conference calling for an end to the logging of threatened species habitat in Tasmania’s ancient forests. The threatened animals travelled into Hobart from the Upper Florentine valley for the International Day of Biodiversity, which coincided with the release of new videos by conservationists from Still Wild Still Threatened.


The videos (which can be viewed at www.youtube.com/tassieforests) depict a number of endangered Tasmanian devils which have been filmed in proposed logging coupes in the Upper Florentine valley. The videos were viewed by community members from all over Australia at Salamanca this afternoon.

 

 
"We are hopeful that Premier Bartlett will realise that he must immediately stop the destruction of our homes. Tasmania is well on the way to becoming the extinction state, and everyone knows that extinction is forever" said Dazza Devil.



           

 

 

Spotted-tailed quoll, in proposed logging coupe FO049B

Spotted-tailed quoll, in proposed logging coupe FO049B

This Spotted-tailed quoll is listed as rare and protected under the Threatened Species Act, however it recieves no protection from logging operations that destroy habitat. Quolls rely on hollow logs in old growth forests for nesting and den sites. This quoll was found in a area of old growth forest scheduled to be logged this year.

17.12.09 NEW DATA REVEALS STYX CARBON KINGS OLDER THAN FORESTRY TASMANIA CLAIM

Today, Still Wild Still Threatened released research results which show Tasmania's giant eucalypts are considerably older than was previously thought. Radiocarbon dating tests carried out on wood from a Styx Valley tree reveal an age of between 500 and 600 years old.

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A forest campaigner taking a sample of wood from the ancient eucalypt.

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