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TAS Country : June 16th 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011 Tasmanian Country 9 Opinion Locking up forests defies logic TFGA matters with Jan Davis 'It is clear that Australia will import more rainforest hardwoods from developing countries that have far weaker environmental controls than us.' AT the TFGA's June 2 Policy Forum in Launces- ton, demographer Bernard Salt raised a legitimate question about the willin- gness of under-resourced nations in the decades ahead to sit back and watch Australia not only resist increased migration but lock up more and more of its land in the name of conservation while the rest of the world starves. It may give us a warm inner glow to lock up our native forests but is it really in our long-term interests and those of the world at large? I have waxed long and loud about the neglect of forest peace negotiators and governments to con- sider Tasmania's massive private forest estate that is threatened by the scaling back of the forest industry derived from public land. But if we do not supply our own native forest tim- ber, who does? And what are the conse- quences? It is clear that Australia will import more rain- forest hardwoods from de- veloping countries that have far weaker environ- mental controls than us. That further degrades those forests through un- sustainable logging, often leading to complete defor- estation. It defies logic for en- vironmental groups to de- cry illegal and unsustain- able logging in developing countries while seeking to end Australian native hardwood production where we are world leaders. If you cannot source sawn timber from Aust- ralia, you have to get it from somewhere else. Or are we supposed to use more and more con- crete, steel and alu- minium? Non-timber materials in- corporate considerably higher greenhouse gas em- issions when they are ex- tracted, processed and manufactured. The International Panel on Climate Change in 2007 outlined the balance we should seek. It said: ''In the long term, a sustainable forest man- agement strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sus- tained yield of timber, fibre, or energy from the forest, will generate the largest sustained [carbon] mitigation benefit. Surely the sensible ap- proach is to source timber from a place where you know that logging is envi- ronmentally sustainable. An estimated 80,000 Australians have jobs di- rectly or indirectly associ- ated with native forest tim- ber production -- managing forests, harvesting, cart- ing, processing, manufac- turing and selling. Most of those jobs are outside the main cities. By locking up our forests on the scale being advo- cated, we are also creating an immense fire hazard in a nation that is hardly devoid of bushfire. It is impossible to man- age forests to which you are denied access. We produce timber in a very small portion of our forests but it is those for- ests that are best protected from fire because road ac- cess. If we are to think glo- bally and act locally we have to ensure that the forest policies we adopt in this country, and particu- larly Tasmania, do not have an even more serious impact on forests in other countries. Fruit icon forced to import DRIED-fruit icon Sun- beam is importing fruit from China. But Sunbeam chief executive Richard Find- lay says it was forced to do so by a poor season in Australia. ''Our position is if we've got Australian, we always use it but this is probably the worst season in history,'' Mr Findlay said. This year's crop was down by 40 per cent. 2034250-110506 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania A good pH is essential to help produce a successful poppy crop. Apply lime now if required, your Field Officer can advise. Are you ready for digital TV? 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