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We drove through Hobart to the Florentine Valley, where Jade had been part of the protest movement camping in the forest to stop the logging trucks, that went for over 5 years.
He could show me the tunnels they’d built, & the tree sits where protesters like Miranda Gibson sat for 449 days. We walked through the old growth forest for a while, it was absolutely incredible, it was finally made a conservation area in 2013, thankfully, thanks to all the people that camped there stopping the bulldozers & logging trucks out in that cold damp forest all those years.
However, the Liberal government has still been trying to roll back World Heritage protection for logging. If successful, the bid would axe 74,000 of the 120,000 hectare of forest added to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in 2013, together with 50,000 hectares of national park.
The federal parliamentary secretary for forestry said the wilderness values of areas where logging had occurred had “diminished to the point that they no longer deserved World Heritage listing”.
But the 2013 extension was agreed by the World Heritage Committee on grounds other than wilderness, such as the natural value of the trees.
What people don’t seem to grasp is that it’s not as simple as just planting new trees. Hundreds if not thousands of species of flora & fauna are dependant on these old growth forests, emphasis on old growth, because it is the leaf litter, the soil development, the fallen trees & branches, hollows and snags, mosses & lichen, as well as the variety of flora, that are home for animals like birds, insects & bugs, some of them microscopic, that are the basis for an ecosystem rich in biodiversity where species can thrive.
It is 100% irreplaceable, crucial enough to regulate water flow & influence weather patterns, not to mention carbon uptake.
Researchers have found that carbon uptake of trees continuously increases with their size because the overall leaf area increases as they grow which enables bigger & older trees to absorb more carbon from the atmosphere.
It‘s an incredible area, infinitely more valuable, in incalculable ways, than any short term profit gained from its destruction. at Upper Florentine Valley