First time in history secrecy surrounding logging of threatened species habitat in Tasmania uncovered

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A new age of accountability for the logging of native forests and Swift Parrot habitat has emerged from a Supreme court case by the Bob Brown Foundation. For the first time ever a Forest Practices Officer has been ordered to give reasons for permitting logging in native forests and Swift Parrot habitat. Today, court orders have been finalised that require reasons be given for five contentious logging coupes in Tasmania’s Eastern Tiers that were the death warrant for breeding habitat for the critically endangered Swift parrot.

“The public deserve to know why endangered species habitat is being signed off for logging. Forestry Tasmania officials are signing the death warrant on Swift Parrot nesting sites and our Supreme Court action has forced their reasons out into the open for the public to see. Accountability is coming to Tasmania’s logging industry as it did in Victoria. Court action taken by environmental organisation that challenged the logging approvals in Victoria was the death knell of the industry and halted native forest logging in the state. Native forest logging must end in Tasmania for the environment, wildlife and climate,” Bob Brown said.

“For decades logging has proceeded in rare and endangered species habitat without reasons being made available. Our Foundation launched a case in the Supreme Court in March this year, to seek reasons for sign off on logging in five Swift Parrot habitat coupes in Tasmania’s Eastern Tiers. Our case was against Forest Practices Authority and former Forestry Tasmania employee Craig Patmore – as a delegate of the Forest Practices Authority – who certify Forest Practices Plans that allow logging of Swift Parrot breeding habitat,” Jenny Weber said

“For decades, Tasmania has had a failing forest practices system designed to allow more logging at the expense of threatened species. We are here to take on this appalling lack of ‘management’ and accountability for rare, threatened, and endangered species in the native forests by Forestry Tasmania and Forest Practices Authority. These logging agencies have been unaccountable to anybody, we will uncover how they can explain the unexplainable,” Jenny Weber said.

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