Last year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard offered an industry assistance package that would have granted World Heritage nominations to some native forests and stopped logging altogether in most.
However, the deal has become a prolonged affair due to the failure of Forest Industry Association of Tasmania to agree to the proposed, conservation-minded plan.
The forestry and logging industry employs just under 1,000 workers in Tasmania after recent cuts. Proposed deals would not shut down the industry; instead, they would work to keep logging in check.
As unofficial talks proceed, we need to let officials know how strongly we support the protection of these native forests.
A peace deal is long overdue. Tell the Forestry Industry Association of Tasmania to take action to save Tasmanian forests -- before it's too late!
Dear Chief Executive Terry Edwards
After Prime Minister Gillard's $276 million industry assistance package last year, we had hoped to see a clear plan go through that would protect Tasmania's native forests while allowing the forestry industry to thrive. However, since the deal recently fell through, we are concerned about how seriously this agreement will take all sides into account going forward.
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We urge you to reach an agreement that favors the health of native forests.
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