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Friday, November 18, 2005

Revised forest policy fails to please parties.

Revised forest policy fails to please parties. 16/11/2005. ABC News Online

The State and Federal Governments' confirmation of a revised Tasmanian permanent forest estate policy has not pleased any of the interested parties.

Ninety-five per cent of the area of native forest which existed under the 1996 regional forest agreement will be protected from logging or clearing, with consultation on implementation next year.

Previously the amount of native forest protected was 80 per cent.

The revised policy is a commitment made in the Tasmanian community forest agreement, signed by both governments last May.

However, Roger Swain of the Farmers and Graziers Association says farmers will have to retain 95 per cent of native forest on their land, even if it is prime agricultural land.

Terry Edwards of the Forest Industries Association says forestry will be denied expansion.

And a further six months of consultation next year has not pleased the Conservation Trust's Craig Woodfield.

Environment Minister Judy Jackson says the policy will enable the sustainable co-existence of primary and forestry industries with native ecosystems.

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