October 08, 2004

Update on Tassie Forests

You might remember our stories and photos from visiting the Styx Valley in Tasmania. We wrote about how the area was due to be clear-cut and about how logging in Tasmania is followed by poisoning wildlife with 1080 poison.

Well, the good news is that with an Australian federal election coming up in a couple of days, the pressure has been on to save Tassie's forests.

This week, the Labor Party promised to protect 240,000 hectares of forests, including the Styx Valley that we visited (this is pending a review, but environment groups are hopeful. Said Don Henry of ACF, "We're eyeing the champagne bottle off in the back of the fridge.") And even the incumbent Liberal Party, while not promising to stop old-growth logging, did say that they would ban the use of 1080 poison on native wildlife.

Here's hoping that when we next visit Australia, the Styx Valley forest will still be there...

Posted by miriam at October 8, 2004 03:10 PM