Old growth rules

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The Lapoinya forests should not be logged as they are important habitat for threatened species and as a refuge for the community.

There are plenty of trees along road sides and in creeks, but there is little ‘forest’ remaining in the area. The Lapoinya forest is the largest, oldest and best piece remain in a largely cleared landscape.

Under FSC rules it is important to protect remnants in areas where forests have been heavily depleted and where they are important for local communities.

Forestry Tasmania has been untruthful to the local community in how they assessed these forests.

FT wrote to the Lapoinya community on November 18, 2014, stating they had assessed the regional importance of the Lapoinya coupe FD053A and found that there were sufficient forests, including old growth, in the surrounding area to justify logging.

But FT referred to the old version of their ‘Landscape Context Planning System’ and not the newer slightly stronger version that had just been completed and that they had promised, to their auditors, to apply.

The FSC auditors should be concerned that FT has relied on an old set of rules for assessing old growth and remnant forests.

PETER MCGLONE

Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc

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