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Tasmanian Times has received this extract from a letter which purports to be from a participant in the forest roundtable process. We cannot vouche for its authenticity; we can for the source ...

I advised those on the industry side at the very beginning of our attempts to heal the rift in Tasmania that a native forest based pulpmil at Long reach would be very difficult if not impossible to reconcile with the environmental organizations views and policies. Note that Michael O Connor was not even present at these early meetings. That said there has been significant movement in terms of the environmental performance of the proposed mill since I expressed that view. I and many others have welcomed these improvements not the least of which was a decision that the use of native forest wood would be formally excluded as an operating condition if the mill is built, which still remains a large IF! It is Gunns decision to exit native forest and surrender the residual rights that make it possible to protect more forests, not building a pulpmill. A pulpmill is the dream or aspiration of many Tasmanian politicians and many fighting for forest dependent communities and workers. That aspiration has kept these constituencies in the process in Tasmania. That aspiration was formally recognized in the Staement of Principles as was the aspiration of ENGOs for further forest protection.