The opportunity for a 100% solution to Tasmania's long standing forest conflict is compromised every day that logging continues in high conservation value forests, the Greens said today following reports that the coupe at the top of the list for a moratorium has just been logged.
"A moratorium must be placed on the highest conservation value coupes immediately," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.
"For months now the forest industry and conservationists have been engaged in discussions about exiting native forest logging. At the same time the loggers have been driving harder and harder into the extremities of the forests on the back of taxpayer subsidies.
"How does pushing into the furthest coupes to destroy wilderness values constitute negotiating in good faith?
"I am disgusted to learn that the coupe with the highest score on the preliminary list for moratorium, CM192 has six machines working in it and is almost completely flattened. This coupe is contiguous with the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is not far from the South Coast Track.
"This area was proposed for World Heritage listing during the Labor Green Accord and ever since but was kept out for logging by David Llewellyn and successive forest ministers who now will live with the legacy of their decisions."
French naturalist Jacques Labillardiere described this area of forest on 2 February 1793 as follows:
"The air was extremely calm; and about midnight I awaked, when, solitary in the midst of these silent woods the majesty of which was half disclosed to me by the feeble gleam of the stars, I felt myself penetrated with a sentiment of admiration of the grandeur of nature, which is beyond my power to express."
"Nearby Coupe CM 19E is being cable logged and although a high priority for conservation is almost gone as well," Senator Milne said.
"There is such a thing as walking the talk and Forestry Tasmania and the logging industry need to demonstrate that they can do it."