Media Release: Conservationists halt controversial logging operations at Butlers Gorge
Conservationists from Still Wild Still Threatened have today halted logging operations at Butlers Gorge, in a call for forest protection. 10 people have gathered at the gate of a logging road that accesses several forestry operations in the area. One person is perched on a 5 meter high tripod in the middle of the road.
“Butlers Gorge is one of the state’s most significant tracts of wilderness and has been independently verified as world heritage value. This forest, which was proven to have outstanding values, through the verification assessment, has been subject to intensive logging despite being part of a promised moratorium over a year ago ” said Still Wild Still Threatened spokesperson Miranda Gibson.
“The industry has received around $130 million through the negotiation process, yet logging has continued business as usual in forests like Butlers Gorge and there has been not one hectare of forest protected” said Ms Gibson.
“We are today calling on the government to take immediate action to protect the verified area of high conservation value forests. Regardless of the forest negotiations, the government have a responsibly to act on the independent scientific recommendations” said Ms Gibson
“Urgent action is needed by the government to ensure that further destruction in areas like Butlers Gorge does not occur. 563,000 hectares of national and world heritage value forest are awaiting protection” said Ms Gibson.