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To: To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Assembly, Tasmania.
Request to Abandon Plans to Clear Fell Coupe FD053A.
Your petitioners therefore request the House to direct Forestry Tasmania to abandon plans to clear fell Coupe FD053A and Identify an Alternative Site.
Why is this important?
The petition of the undersigned residents of the Wynyard area draws to the attention of the House the proposed clear felling and burning of Coupe FD053A in Lapoinya. The most recent Three Year Wood Production Plan indicated that this coupe will be cleared in 2015/2016.
This coupe is principally comprised of juvenile growth, which will not be ready for harvesting for another 30 years, along with old growth and mature growth stands. There are few Category 1 and Category 3 sawlogs in the coupe.
The forest provides habitat for a range of species, including the Tasmanian Devil, Spotted-Tail Quoll, Wedged-Tail Eagle and Goshawk, as well as Giant Freshwater Crayfish.
If FD053A is clear-felled as proposed, the wood will likely be sold at a loss as woodchips and peelers. As Forestry Tasmania will fail to return a profit on the coupe, this loss will be borne by the taxpayer.
Allowing such a loss is fiscally irresponsible. More significantly, allowing the destruction of habitat, damaging local tourism potential and compromising recreational activities such as horse riding, bushwalking and birdwatching in the absence of any overriding public economic interest is socially, environmentally and politically irresponsible.