Image for Plans to log Swift Parrot critical nesting refuge

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Photo one and three are forest behind Cloudy Bay threatened by logging, the recently logged coupe is SB17D logged in 2015. Logging was suspended in SB017D for wedge tailed eagle breeding season as there are two active eagle nests in the coupe. Logging is scheduled to recommence in February 2016.  Photo two is Adventure Bay north and Coal Point. Intact forest in the foreground behind the private properties is scheduled for logging on Forestry Tasmania’s 3YR plan. Photos by Warren Frey for Bob Brown Foundation

Bob Brown Foundation has today released images of the threatened forests on Bruny Island that are scheduled for logging by Forestry Tasmania.

The Foundation is calling for an immediate ban on logging on Bruny Island. A recent Galaxy poll* conducted by Bob Brown Foundation found that the majority of Australians support such a ban.

‘Forestry Tasmania has eleven areas of vital Swift Parrot breeding habitat scheduled for logging on Bruny Island.

The areas of forest total 499 hectares.

Five areas of forest are on Forestry Tasmania’s contingency list, including the controversial areas that were given back to the industry during the failed Tasmanian Forest Agreement and a controversial logging area near Inala Nature Tours on Bruny Island,’ Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

‘In Tasmania’s north west in the Tarkine we have recently witnessed the logging of forest that was on the contingency list so these coupes on Bruny are available for logging when needed,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘An area the size of Hobart’s Domain is scheduled for logging behind Adventure Bay from 2016 – 2018.

Additionally on the Cloudy Bay side of Bruny Island, clear felling of 237 hectares is proposed in Swift Parrot and Wedge Tailed Eagle habitat,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘Tasmania’s exemption from the EPBC Act under the Regional Forest Agreement to allow logging of endangered species habitat has been proved to be driving unique species to extinction and the now critically endangered listing of the Swift Parrot is an internationally embarrassing wake-up call for the Federal Government to remove the logging threat and ensure secure protection of habitat,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘Our role as conservationists is to ensure the species that are losing their habitat have advocacy in the time when logging at any cost is carried out in Tasmania,’ Jenny Weber.

YESTERDAY ...

• *Most Australians support ban on logging on Bruny Island

Bob Brown Foundation has called for an end to logging of all Swift Parrot breeding habitat and these forests should be placed in National Park reserves. 

‘Bruny Island is the Swift Parrots’ last safe substantial nesting place. We have released a national poll which found the majority of Australians support banning logging on Bruny Island,’ Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

‘Swift Parrots’ cannot sustain any further habitat loss. Forestry Tasmania are scheduled to recommence logging on Bruny Island in February 2016 and it should be ruled out,’ Jenny Weber said.

Bob Brown calls on the Federal Government to take action, ‘The Federal Government ultimately has responsibility for critically endangered species. I call on Prime Minister Turnbull to halt the logging planned by Forestry Tasmania on Bruny Island.’

‘Last week the Swift Parrot was listed as critically endangered by International Union Conservation Nature and made recommendations that all places on public land that support Swift Parrots should be placed in secure protection. Important breeding habitat, ranging from the east coast to Wielangta and Bruny Island and down to the southern forests, needs to be put into secure reserves to remove the threat of extinction for the Swift Parrot,’ Jenny Weber said.

Download Findings of national Galaxy poll:

Bruny_Poll_2015.pdf

• John Hayward in Comments: Due only in part to its alliance with Taib’s Sarawak and the carbon emission industry, Tasmania has an international reputation for perverse stupidity which will be further enhanced by taking its supremely inefficient logging operations to an island that can only be reached by ferry. When black humour tourism eventually takes off, Tas will be in the driver’s seat.

• Ted Mead in Comments: Coming straight from Bob Annells’ mouth only a week or so on ABC radio ... He was asked about the long delay in gaining FSC ,of which he replied - its a slow process for such a big entity such as FT, and that we need to address some requirements regarding threatened species. He did mention Wedge-tailed Eagles, but not Swift parrots. This was probably just an example comment, and I am sure he /FT are fully aware of the Swift parrot habitat issue. FSC simply won’t be granted on the FT presumption that all ok in the forests. Methinks FT is still quite disingenuous about this process and merely wants to continue on without making any concessions what so ever!

• Andrew Ricketts in Comments: And they need a subsidised public purse for such pillage. And here they are, FT trying to gain a social license and FSC Certification. Continuing to liquidate nature. Suzette Weeding (FT): It is spelt NATURE. Oh and she is on the board of FSC too. Oh I almost forgot and the Forest Practices Advisory Council. What else? What a pathetic sick joke.