Parrots And Politics Collide In Tasmania’s Trashed Forests

November 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Poorly managed logging of Tasmania’s old growth forests threatens to quickly push Australia’s critically endangered swift parrot over the edge and into extinction. Recently, conservation biologists in Australia were “stunned” to discover that valuable forest habitat needed for nesting by the critically endangered swift parrot had been clear-cut. Swift parrots nest in old growth forests owned and managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania, a government agency that regulates logging activities by corporations and private citizens. The scientists made their discovery whilst inspecting Tyler’s Hill, which is known swift parrot nesting habitat, on the island of Tasmania. They were planning to return shortly to install specially designed nest boxes for these charismatic parrots to use for raising their families.

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