Open letter: Dear Forestry Tasmania, stop logging World Heritage buffers!

Open letter: Dear Forestry Tasmania, stop logging World Heritage buffers!

In late 2022, Forestry Tasmania (trading as ‘Sustainable’ Timber Tasmania) clearfelled native forests in a logging coupe on the doorstep of Quamby Bluff and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

This is despite long-held community opposition to clearfelling that flanks Quamby Bluff and in the wider Kooparoona Niara / Great Western Tiers region.

Will you join in with the local community and add your name to an open letter calling for the cancellation of all future logging operations on Quamby Bluff within coupes on the flanks of the globe’s highest ranked World Heritage Area? 

Instead of destroying forests Kooparoona Niara ...

In late 2022, Forestry Tasmania (trading as ‘Sustainable’ Timber Tasmania) clearfelled native forests in a logging coupe on the doorstep of Quamby Bluff and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

This is despite long-held community opposition to clearfelling that flanks Quamby Bluff and in the wider Kooparoona Niara / Great Western Tiers region.

Will you join in with the local community and add your name to an open letter calling for the cancellation of all future logging operations on Quamby Bluff within coupes on the flanks of the globe’s highest ranked World Heritage Area? 

Instead of destroying forests Kooparoona Niara / Great Western Tiers can turn the ground-breaking Aboriginal community proposal for an Aboriginal owned and managed national park into a reality.

Image: Craig Walker
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Please add your name to this open letter. Together, we can protect Lutruwita’s majestic forests and help make this amazing community proposal for a Kooparoona Niara / Great Western Tiers National Park a reality! 


 

To: Chief Executive Officer Steve Whiteley Sustainable Timber Tasmania
Cc: Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister of Australia, Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for Environment and Water  Felix Ellis MP, Tasmanian Minister for Resources 

Dear Steve Whiteley,

We are writing to express our concerns regarding the recent logging and burning of high conservation value forest at Quamby Bluff on the boundary of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in Tasmania.

We are appealing to Sustainable Timber Tasmania, the Albanese Labor government, and national and state ministers responsible for stewardship of the environment and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to ensure that Sustainable Timber Tasmania cancels future logging plans on Quamby Bluff in Tasmania. 

In 2022, Sustainable Timber Tasmania clearfelled native forests within the logging coupe HU304Y despite long-held community opposition to clearfelling on Quamby Bluff and in the wider Kooparoona Niara region.

On 2 April 2023, thousands of tonnes of wasted wood and trashed forests were needlessly burned by Sustainable Timber Tasmania, dumping the pollution and CO2 emissions into the public airspace. The high intensity burn also scorched forests outside the planned burned area––forests that are an important buffer for the adjacent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania intends to log a further 200 hectares of forests on Quamby Bluff in two coupes––it intends to return and log the remainder of native forests inside logging coupe HU304Y and its current Wood Production Plan lists plans to log an additional area of adjacent forests called HU304A. 

We are calling for the cancellation of all future logging operations on Quamby Bluff within logging coupes HU304Y and HU304A.

There's already a cloud over the Tasmanian forestry industry because of possibly illegally-logged wood—on top of real clouds of smoke over these magnificent forests. Customers, markets and investors need to know they are buying into reliable supply chains rather than being exposed to potential illegal logging, Tasmania's highest-emissions industry and species extinction. The industry urgently needs support to transition out of native forest logging so that these serious issues can be dealt with.

Future logging on Quamby Bluff will degrade the values of the forest adjacent to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area––which has exceptional cultural and environment values. The Kooparoona Niara region is particularly significant for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and is the subject of a ground-breaking Aboriginal community proposal that could see it become returned to its rightful owners and be owned, run and managed by the Palawa community.

We appeal for your support to make this community proposal a reality and to end logging and burning of the valuable forests on Quamby Bluff.

Yours sincerely,