Greg Barns, Richard Flanagan and Kate Carnell
Greg Barns and Kate Carnell
have both responded to a sealed section item on Richard Flanagan's story "The Rape of Tasmania" in The Bulletin
...Kate CarnellNational Association of Forest Industries
says "40% of the total Tasmanian land mass is in reserves and National Parks".Meaning, I imagine, that it's protected.I visited varous reserves and Parks in Tassie, and large slabs of that land is found in high altitude, cold and/or coastal areas.This means the vegetation is often low lying or sparse.The forestry industry is quite happy to leave that kind of plant life alone. Kate
says "86% of total old growth forest on public land is protected".I wastold by a Tassie resident (former National Parks worker) that this infamousstatistic needs a little further explanation.The 86% that Kate
refers to isactually 86% of the 13% of old growth forest that is left in Tasmania. Kate
says "All trees that are "more than 20m in girth and more than 90m tall" (Crikey and Flanagan) are currently protected and cannot "end up as paper or cardboard in Japan".
says "Older trees are harvested for high quality saw logs and theresidues are used for wood chips.
says "Flanagan alleges that "the Tarkine " is being clear-felled.
By the way - Kate Carnell
is right about the statistics on Tasmanias public forests.