The Tasmanian Forest Agreement Bill 2013, recently passed by the Tasmanian Parliament, protects future reserve lands in Tasmanian State Forests from logging EXCEPT for 42 coupes (logging coupes varying from 30 - 100+ ha) in State Forest across Tasmania, listed in Schedule D of the Bill, which can be legally logged by Forestry Tasmania.
• Three of these coupes are in the future reserve area on South Bruny Island.
• Forestry Tasmania intends to start logging the first of these coupes in the first week of June, 2013.
This petition requests the Minister and the Chairman of Forestry Tasmania, the responsible signatories, to remove the three Bruny Island coupes – SB040A, SB038A and SB009A – from Schedule D of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement Bill 2013.
This would prevent these coupes from being logged, and preserve the habitat of threatened swift parrot in these coupes.
Some background information:
• There has been no logging in the South Bruny State Forest since June 2011
• In August 2011, Spirit of Bruny prepared a proposal to extend the existing South Bruny National Park, by adding to it most of the area of the South Bruny State Forest
• This would add approximately 8,500 ha to the 5,100 ha of the existing South Bruny National Park, more than doubling its size
• The National Park extension proposal was incorporated into the ENGOs’ conservation agenda of over 500,000 hectares across Tasmania
• It was accepted by all the Signatories (including the seven forest industry representatives) to the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, which formed the basis of the Bill
• It was deemed to be of National Estate status by the Independent Verification Group
• It was allocated National Park tenure status by bureaucrats of the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Environment and Water (DPIPWE)
• This is the highest level of protection under the Tasmanian Nature Conservation Act 2002, and recognizes the outstanding biodiversity, cultural heritage, and threatened species habitat values of the proposed National Park extension/future reserve land
• Bruny Island proposed National Park extension/future reserve land was the only element of the overall 500,000 ha future reserve land to gain this highest level of National Park tenure status, apart from the World Heritage Extension and a few small additions to the Tasman National Park
• Thirty nine species of threatened flora and fauna, listed under Tasmania legislation have been documented in the area, and thirteen species under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation, Act 1999; including the Swift Parrot and Forty-Spotted Pardalote, two of Tasmania’s iconic birds, as well as the Wedge-Tailed Eagle and Mount Mangana Stag Beetle
• Yet despite these acknowledged high conservation values, under current legislation, this future reserved land can still be logged
This petition would prevent this, and preserve the integrity of the proposed National Park extension and the habitat of threatened species it protects.
Please help us by signing the petition, and passing it on to your friends and networks.
Please also use your influence with Tony Burke, Commonwealth Minister for the Environment, to have these three coupes removed from Schedule 2 of the current Conservation Agreement under the EPBC Act, and any future Conservation Agreement, which has the same effect of allowing these coupes in future reserve lands to be logged.