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Tasmania abandons World Heritage Area logging plans on UNESCO advice

Hooray!! It’s time to break out the champagne!! In a rare show of forest-policy commonsense the Tasmanian Government has apparently accepted the umpire’s decision and abandoned plans to log special timbers (including Tasmanian blackwood) in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage … Continue reading

Federal Government to abandon plans to log World Heritage Area if UNESCO will not ratify it

In yesterdays news media: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-13/federal-government-could-abandon-plans-to-log-world-heritage/7024154 A UNESCO delegation recently visited the state to assess the practices and meet with stakeholders, with a final report expected next year. The Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Senator Anne Ruston, said the logging plan … Continue reading

UNESCO calls for changes to Tasmania’s draft World Heritage Management Plan to prohibit logging and mining

In the ABC News yesterday: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-30/unesco-calls-for-world-heritage-area-draft-plan-changes/6508506?section=tas So the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is now questioning the policies of the Tasmanian State Government. In Paris overnight, UNESCO’s WHC urged the draft plan be changed. An initial review cited concerns that the … Continue reading

The Wooden Boat Festival and the Tasmanian Forestry Wars

As I’ve written previously on this website, to have a wood craft festival in the 21st century that ignores the issue of where the wood comes from, who grows it, fails to express concern for the future of the world’s … Continue reading

Review of the DRAFT Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 2014: Director’s report and representations

The Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC) has just released the TWWHA Managememt Plan 2014: Director Report and Representations. http://www.iplan.tas.gov.au/Common/Output/TrimWS.aspx?id=811538&ext=PDF With UNESCO emphatically ruling out it out the issue of logging special timbers in the TWWHA is now dead and buried (at … Continue reading

“..we will take wood….”

It didn’t take long. No sooner had UNESCO ruled out logging the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area than the Tasmanian Government and sectors of the special timbers industry are already setting themselves up for yet another conflict with consumers, the … Continue reading

2015 The Year in Review

It’s time to wish everyone a safe and happy festive season, and to recap on another year in the Tasmanian special timbers industry. Another year with little progress getting Tasmanian farmers growing commercial blackwood, or in getting the various players … Continue reading

Legislative Council GBE Oversight Committee 2015 – Forestry Tasmania

Following on from my previous blog I have now reviewed the GBE Scrutiny transcripts in relation to special timbers. They provide me with no cause for optimism. I don’t know why we have Corporate Governance standards in Australia. Clearly they … Continue reading

Special Timbers Management Plan Update #2

http://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/forestry/special_species_timber_management_plan Over at the Tasmanian Department of State Growth website they now have some information about special timbers. Yet another Special Timbers Management Plan is being prepared. The Management Plan is required to be in place by October 2017, with … Continue reading

Specialty timber industry has Tasmanian Government support, despite [WHA] logging doubts

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-24/state-government-backs-speciality-timber-industry/6969944 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-23/hodgman-hoping-to-convince-unesco-delegation-of-logging-plan/6966218 http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tassie-tourism-leaders-in-key-talks-with-united-nations-heritage-body/story-fnj4f7kx-1227620092494 Mr Hodgman was confident of changing the [UNESCO] delegation’s mind. “We’ve every confidence that the delegation are open to understanding what we do in Tasmania and accepting, we believe, that an appropriate balance is in place,” he … Continue reading