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Archive for Alan Ashbarry (RSS -RSS 2)

Undemocratic Politics Again Determines Land Use in Tasmania: An Update

A DECISION made in Cambodia this month by the United Nation’s World Heritage committee could add 172,000 hectares of forest to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Federal Minister for the Environment Tony Burke was seeking to have the deal sealed without proper scrutiny, in particular by using a loophole in the UN guidelines to [...]

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Undemocratic Politics Again Determines Land Use in Tasmania: Alan Ashbarry

A decision made in Cambodia in June by the United Nation’s World Heritage committee could add 172,000 hectares of forest to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Gillard government is seeking to have the deal sealed without proper scrutiny, in particular by using a loophole in the UN guidelines to label it as a [...]

Unethical Forest Protestors in Tasmania: A Note from Alan Ashbarry

IN a rare display of sympathy and understanding for forest contractors, ABC journalist Tom Tilley has put the hard word on protestors in the Upper Florentine Valley, accusing them of perhaps even being “unethical”.   You can play the interview at the ABC Triple J website  while watching a slide show. [1]    The issue is ongoing conflict at a blockade [...]

Still Trees in Tasmania

You might like to add this http://www.tasmaniathemovie.com/trailers/ to your blog   It is obviously a counter to the Richard Flanagan partly scripted new movie ‘Australia’, and does show that the last tree has yet to be chopped down in Tassie.   Cheers, Cinders

Important Article by Friend and Forester Mark Poynter

Friends,   An important article has been published today at Online Opinion http://www.onlineopinion.com.au by Mark Poynter.     Mark Poynter is a professional forester with 30 years experience. He is a member of the Institute of Foresters and the Association of Consultant Foresters, and author of the book Saving Australia’s Forests and its Implications (published in [...]

A Critical Review of ‘Green Carbon: The Role of Natural Forests in Carbon Storage’

Last week the Australian National University released a report** on “Green Carbon” claiming that un-logged native forests store three times more carbon than previously reported and this prompted a demand by The Wilderness Society for an urgent end to logging of the carbon dense native forests in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Alan Ashbarry, [...]

Campaign Against ANZ Forest Policy Disingenuous – A Note from Alan Ashbarry

The ANZ bank recently released it Forest and Biodiversity Policy as part of its corporate responsibility on the environment. The bank developed the policy over the last few years in consultation with its customers and stakeholders. The policy demands that its customers when engaged in the forest industry must meet extensive criteria including independent environmental [...]

New Website on the Tasmanian Pulp Mill: A Note from Alan Ashbarry

Last year the Tasmanian Parliament and the Australian Government approved the pulp mill for the Tamar Valley. They did so after the developer, Gunns Limited, published an Integrated Impact Statement comprising 7,500 pages of social, environmental and economic analysis representing a planning investment of more than $11 million and in excess of 350,000 hours of [...]

Pulp Mill Debate getting sillier by the Minute! A note from Cinders.

Just when the ALP Leader Kevin Rudd and his Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett AM, MP, are being urged to bury the Ghost of former Environment Minister Graham “Richo” Richardson we see for Liberal leader John Hewson enter the fray. Rudd and Garrett have been warned that the [...]

Tasmanian Pulp Mill assessment process – a note from Cinders

Tasmanian Pulp Mill assessment process vindicated by the Federal court The Federal court confirmed today that the Assessment of Tasmania’s proposed pulp mill was fair and reasonable and that the public had ample opportunity to state their views. A Federal Court judge rejected the claims by the Wilderness Society and a group calling itself Investors [...]