Tasmanian loggers’ Giant Tree Policy PR spin

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Tasmania’s logging agency’s new Giant Tree Policy is an admission of guilt that their previous policy was flawed and they’ve been logging giants.

“Forestry Tasmania’s Giant Tree Policy has always been PR spin while they log the ancient forests of this island. With a bad track record for killing and burning giant trees and logging them for bogus ‘safety reasons’ this policy does not give protection until native forests are safe under secure legislation,” said Jenny Weber, Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaigns Manager.

“Right now out in the forests centuries-old trees and their surrounding forests will still be logged as long as native forest logging is allowed to continue. Entire logging coupes with ancient trees and rainforest understorey that have never been logged before will continue to be logged and not benefit from this policy,” said Jenny Weber.

“An old tree standing alone is not a functional ecosystem when its surrounding forest is logged barren and burnt. Centuries-old trees called ‘Giants’ under FT measures need all the forest around them not tiny buffers. Saving entire forest ecosystems is critical, and not achieved by putting a paper-thin fence around individual trees,” said Jenny Weber.

“Forestry Tasmania is a logging agency that operates under its own rulebook. A Giant Tree Policy is an internal rule and nothing is legally binding about this policy. There is no protection for precious trees until they are removed from Forestry Tasmania’s management. Precious native forests with centuries-old trees are currently under the logging control of an agency dedicated to a relentless logging and burning regime. All native forests must be removed from Forestry Tasmania’s management right now,” said Jenny Weber.

“Any Giant Tree policy is a distraction from their systematic destruction. Forestry Tasmania is not to be trusted with our precious native forests. Tasmania’s entire native forest estate in permanent logging zones and future potential production forests must be transferred to secure protection areas,” said Jenny Weber.

In February 2024, Forestry Tasmania altered its controversial Giant Trees Policy to include trees over 4 metres in diameter at breast height.

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