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Branchline Apr 27, 2011


The arrogant swagger of those who think they are above the law

Forestry Tasmania staff were prevented from going to work this morning as a group of extremists laid siege to FT Hobart headquarters.

This is the latest in a series of protests by the renegade group Huon Valley Environment Centre throughout the state.

Staff at FT again behaved impeccably, choosing to walk away rather than risk a confrontation.

Contractors, their employees and our field staff have put up with this sort of extreme aggression from this group many times before. It has cost contractors, their employees and families thousands of dollars in lost income.

Use of fire in forest management in Tasmania will be examined by Forestry Tasmania chief scientist Dr Steve Read at the 7th International Conference on Disturbance Dynamics in Boreal Forests at Saguenay in Quebec in May.

The conference will look at the use of natural disturbance regimes as guides to forest management with reference to the great boreal forests of the northern hemisphere.

Dr Read said it was increasingly obvious there were advantages to using natural disturbances, including fire, to manage forests, and as a template for human management of forests <Read More>

I would also like to take the opportunity to invite you to a book launch this Sunday. Our Conservation Biologist Simon Grove, who has contributed enormously to sustainable forest management in this State, also has a passion for seashells.

Dr Grove, helped by ABC personality Peter Gee, will be launching his new book - "The seashells of Tasmania: a comprehensive guide" at Fullers Book Shop in Hobart at 2:30pm.

Make sure you get along to the launch of the only locally published guide of its kind currently available in Tasmania.

Don't forget you can now order your copy of the latest series of the popular Going Bush. Recapture each episode where hosts Nick and Andrew explore the numerous activities you can do on State forest and take a closer look at topics including special species timber, fire management, 3D mapping technology, shingle splitting and the Trees on Farms initiative <click here to order>

Until next time,

Bob Gordon
Managing Director
Forestry Tasmania



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