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There has been quite a bit of heated argument recently from both sides of the debate regarding the practice of tree-spiking in Tasmanian forests.

Forest activists have been accused (recently, by none other that the Premier herself) of carrying out this illegal activity in order to curtail the wholesale clearfelling of forest coupes in so-called “high conservation” forest areas.

The Premier was subsequently forced to apologize for making such inflammatory accusations against peaceful forest activists.

Conservationists themselves deny being responsible for such activity, because it puts the lives of forest workers at some risk, we are told. There have even been suggestions that spikes have been put in place by forest workers themselves in order to discredit conservationists. Yet others theorize that metal in trees can get there quite innocently, for example, from signs being nailed to trees etc.

Just who is responsible for these reprehensible acts of tree-spiking is unclear.

What is clear, however, is that this practice has been going on for some time and still does go on. In some cases, the examples are extreme. Please look closely at the accompanying photograph and imagine the damage that this particular tree spike would cause if it came into contact with tree-felling or sawmilling equipment.

Whoever may be responsible, this is clearly a case extreme tree-spiking and we can only hope that it doesn’t catch on and become widespread with possibly dire consequences.