More forests to be protected in Tasmania

From reports in The Advocate and The Mercury,
11 January 2007

Millions of dollars of federal government money is to be spent to acquire an additional 45,600 hectares of forests in Tasmania. The land, at least half of which must contain old-growth forest, will be protected.

Further millions are to be invested in eco-tourism infrastructure, including new walking tracks in the Tarkine.

Environment Minister Ian Campbell announced the new funding yesterday and said that the Forest Conservation Fund would greatly increase the size of Tasmania’s protected reserves. The Tarkine is also being assessed for possible National Heritage listing.

The federal government wants to ensure a sustainable economic and ecological future for Tasmania, said Senator Campbell.

See the forest resources page for related information.