But, according to the foundation, the agreement under which Tasmanian logging is conducted lacks proper enforcement mechanisms, Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s practices are not sustainable, and the state and federal governments are failing to properly enforce environmental standards.
“You can see as clearly as the nose on your face that this is not sustainable logging,” said former Greens leader Bob Brown, referring to a visit he made on Tuesday to a coup in Tasmania’s Southern Forest that had recently been logged and burnt.
“Nothing is left. In Tasmania, hundreds of thousands of hectares of wildlife-filled native forests have been logged and put to the torch so that not a living cell remains,” he said.
“This is the habitat of endangered species like the swift parrot, to say nothing of insects that are not even known to science. There is nothing left in these coups. You can see the hard shells of native snails left in the ash.”
Mr Browne said since the RFA — which Sustainable Timber Tasmania was operating under — had been in place, the swift parrot, which travels between Tasmania and Victoria, had gone from endangered to critically endangered while its habitat was logged.
He said a lack of enforcement mechanisms was common to RFAs that were in place in Victoria and NSW as well as Tasmania.
Mr Browne said the foundation had received advice from a senior counsel that the case had good prospects for success.
Mr Brown added: “We firmly believe that we can win this, that logging in Tasmania under the RFA is illegal.