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Friday Offcuts 16 July reports the 'environment movement' is wanting an end to almost all native logging throughout the state, no suprises there. The devestating and dissapointing news is that the Government (State and Federal) are determined to ensure the closure of native forestry in the State. This is with the usual spurge on high conservation values in forest that has been logged many times previously. If logging is destroying conservation values then why are these forests of high value for conservation?

The management of native forest by dedicated Foresters has greatly improved the health, species diversity, facilites for recreation, timber value and aesthetics of the forest. Timber from native forests is an exceptional material in that it requires no chemicals or soil cultivation to produce, it is biodegradable, and provides forest values while it is growing. All Foresters know the countless benefits to the environment, and the human population, from native forestry but it appears that time and again the Governement of the day is attempting to appease the insatiable green monster i.e. 'environmental movement'.

According to your report the timber industry is well pleased to be recieving monetary compensation and more funding for plantation related development. I wonder how the timber harvest specialists, sawmillers, foresters, landowners and rural communities feel about the closure of native forest harvesting in Tasmania. All due to another Government looking to buy votes and popularity with the loud minority and their spurious claims. How will the popualtion of Tasmania feel about paying for forest fire management, roading, recreation facilities and importing their timber from sources unknown while Tasmanian timber is growing in their 'backyard'?

To cease native forest harvesting in Tasmania is not conservation (to use resources wisely) and there is an apparent lack of negotiation/agreement merely lip service 'phasing out', 'high conservation value', 'with a few exceptions'. To call it a breakthrough to the end of a conflict is an extremely weak excuse, sorry but that's how it sounds.

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I believe the forestry and purpose grown biomass crop industries need to respond to the Fed's by strongly noting that the sheep, beef and dairy industries are locking up valuable land and filling the pockets of bankers (through over inflated land values) for little or no profit to themselves. Use the MAF farm models as reference.

The Fed's should be far more open minded about land use change given they currently operate at a loss and muddy NZs environmental reputation. Their stubborness is preventing good discussion on forestry and an emerging Sort Rotation Cropping (SRC) industry for heat power and transport fuels. A more open discussion around land use options would eventually see more money in their back pockets. Not to mention energy cropping narrowly diverting a looming natural gas shortage begining 2014 (see MED and Elec Commission reports) which will slash Fonterra payouts and further diminish meat processor profits.

Another quick point - Its not really carbon and global warming that the coal loving, conservation mining Nats National Govt is responding to - its a gas supply crisis that could well see Fonterra, Open Country, Tatua, AFFCO et al energy budget double in the next 3-4 years.

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