Posted by: Bob Payne | August 8, 2011

Timber industry furious at Tasmania forest peace pact

THE Greens have clawed back ground with the Gillard government to protect big tracts of Tasmanian native forests in an inter-government deal to achieve environmental peace on the island. Under the deal, 430,000 hectares of forests, which for decades have been the scenes of some of Australia’s most bitter and protracted logging disputes, will get stronger protection from Canberra. The last-minute changes, made after protracted negotiations, stung the forest industry, which labelled the deal bitterly disappointing.

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