Tasmania’s widespread burning program could harm the state’s reputation as a travel destination

By Michael Dahlstrom
Yahoo! News
April 16, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Visitors to Australia could have their access to a popular UNESCO World Heritage site restricted after authorities controversially set fire to neighbouring land on Wednesday. Locals fear the skies will soon be choked with smoke across regions of Tasmania after the state government’s logging agency began its annual burning program. While logging company Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) says the practice promotes “natural regeneration” and is crucial in “reducing fuel loads” on land it has cleared, conservationists warn it kills endangered species including the state’s iconic Tasmanian devils. One was found dead in a burrow after a burn in 2023. Jenny Weber from the Bob Brown Foundation said STT had logged right up to the edge of an access road to the Hartz Mountains National Park… “It’s obscene that people going to a World Heritage site to visit the beautiful wild Tasmania are going to be impacted by Forestry Tasmania burning.”

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