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FSC decision rings alarm bells in Tasmania

Media Release
Christine Milne 24 Oct 2014

The disastrous decision to give accreditation to high-conservation value karri forest logging in Western Australia rings alarm bells for Tasmania, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Major environmental groups have slammed the Western Australian Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) decision," Senator Milne said.

"Environmentalists have been participating in good faith in the current FSC assessment for Forestry Tasmania.

"The WA decision erodes confidence in the FSC process.

"The Greens do not agree with industrial-scale logging in native forests but were hoping that FSC oversight would at least keep the worst practices in check.

"I am now extremely concerned that FSC is not serious about enforcing sustainable logging practices and could be just another rubber stamp.

"We will not sit by and allow the destruction of high conservation value forests to be given a tick of approval.

"FSC Australia needs to rectify this decision quickly if it's going to maintain goodwill in Tasmania," Senator Milne said.


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