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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Call for logging halt while walking trail considered.

Call for logging halt while walking trail considered. 21/11/2005. ABC News Online

Residents and tourism operators in Tasmania's north-east are calling for a moratorium on logging at two sites in the region while the potential for a proposed major walking trail is further explored.

Forestry Tasmania says the eight-day walking track from Mt Victoria to the Blue Tiers is not viable.

The company says an independent consultant has found there is little market for it and it is too expensive.

For the trail to succeed, two areas of forest covering about 3,000 hectares, would need to be protected from logging.

Local bushwalker Lesley Nicklason says these areas should not be logged until more studies into the trail are undertaken.

"If we had a moratorium on any further harvesting just in those two areas while the potential could be explored that would really be seen as a positive thing by the community and tour operators," he said.

Forestry Tasmania's district manager Steve Manson says they will consider the option.

"We would certainly consider that in our logging plans when we are due to harvest the area, there are no immediate plans to do that," he said.

"We do have a lot of walking tracks in the area at the moment and really our focus is to improve those and promote those."


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