Ten members of the group Code Green today entered 2 active logging coupes RS117C and RS129D on Rose’s Tier in the state’s North East in order to document the ongoing destruction of Tasmania’s high conservation value forest.

One of the coupes is within the 430,000ha of forest supposedly under protection by the inter-governmental agreement of August last year.

“Unique ecosystems and endangered species’ habitat is being destroyed in order to fulfill Ta Ann’s contracts,” spokesperson for Code Green, April Van der Meer said.

“Malaysian based Ta Ann have a notoriously unethical track record in environmental and human rights issues. It is unacceptable that this company should be compromising Tasmania’s rich and diverse wilderness areas.” 

“Code Green are sending a clear message to Ta Ann’s Japanese and international markets to immediately withdraw from native forest logging.”

“It was shocking for us to see the enormous piles of woodchips left out in the coupes.” Miss Van der Meer said, “Literally hundreds of cubic meters of native forest has been felled when there is not a single woodchip mill open in Tasmania.” 

The group yesterday entered the coupe BS101D on the foothills of Mount Barrow, where logging is scheduled to commence before the end of February 2012. They undertook extensive flora and fauna surveys in the coupe; determining the history, biodiversity structure, conservation values and vegetation communities.

Code Green remains committed to the immediate protection of Tasmania’s high conservation value native forest.