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Tourism Operators Call for Krushka's Logging Moratorium.


Dear Premier Gutwein,


The below signatories to the Open Letter to Premier Peter Gutwein calling for the end to native forest logging, and immediate protection of our High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Tourism Value (HTV) forests have joined forces to call for an immediate moratorium on the logging of Krushka’s forests that started on February 2, 2022.


The logging commenced after years of community and business calls to protect the forests of north east Tasmania from Krushka’s, Atlas, Weldborough through to the Blue Tier which are drawing new businesses to the area, and revitalising communities.


The decision to log Krushka’s forests is unfair, unjust and unconscionable, favouring the business interests of Sustainable Timber Tasmania over those of local businesses and the community dependent on tourism.


Logging commenced on the eve of the first international mountain bike competition, The Trans Tas Enduro, returning to Derby after the Covid shutdowns, and is in direct conflict with attempts to build the region into a world class location for international mountain bike, trail running and other nature based events if that are in conflict with logging. The tourism industry in Tasmania is built upon the clean, green, and clever brand. This brand is being undercut by ongoing logging and burning of our native forests that hold flagship tourism experiences.


The vision for Tasmania is to be a carbon-neutral state, aligned with the Tasmanian Government Climate Action 21 agenda. There are measures we can introduce quickly to achieve this goal; immediate and practical action including removing the three Blue Derby Gondwana native forests of Krushka’s (CC105A and CC119A) and Atlas (CC120B) from logging and burning plans. Protecting the carbon dense forests of this iconic tourism destination area has the immediate impact of stopping the carbon emissions associated with logging and burning Gondwana native forests, protecting local biodiversity and will help safeguard the Blue Derby brand.


Brand Tasmania promises an island at the bottom of the world where ancient forests and wild rivers await to reconnect people to their wild side, through nature-based tourism experiences found nowhere else on earth. Logging these publicly owned native forests takes away the promise of wilderness experiences, replacing it with industrial logging operations.


The Tasmania Visitor Economy Strategy (T21) vision for Tasmania includes responsible stewardship of our natural environment and protected areas, positioning Tasmania as a global example of environmentally and socially sustainable tourism.


Signed





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Simon Holmes, Big Shed Studios

Adam Campbell, Big Mountain Derby

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Tara and Steve Howell, Blue Derby Pods Ride

Louise Morris, Blue Derby Wild

Greg Irons, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Jo Lee, Cedar House Derby

Anthony O’Hern, Cradle Mountain Canyons

Christiaan Bradley, Christiaan Bradley Surfboards

Dean Lucas, Dean Lucas Racing

Damien Neilson, Derby Bike Shop

Aleks and Justine, Derby Church

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Wade Anthony, Devils @ Cradle

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Dan Broun, Photography and FIlm

Joshua George, Eat the Wild

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Alissa Ward, Find Your Feet

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Susan Carrins, Freycinet Adventures

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Paul O'halloran, Rare Earth Tasmania

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Toby Shingleton, River Cabins Derby

Matthew Newton, Rummin Productions

Cathy Fitzgerald, Secret Bank Society

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Bianca Welsh, Stillwater Restaurant

Richard Tebb, Stoke Wizard Media

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Sam Burke, Tarkine Running Co

Nicholas Scharm, Tarkine Trails

Kenna Reid-Clarke, Tasmania Wilderness Guides Association

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Aran Price, Tasmanian Safaris

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C Booth & G Cashion, Tin Dragon Trail Cottages

Mark Playford, Trail View House Derby

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Andrew and Anne-Marie Wallis, The Keep

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Steve Pearce, The Tree Projects

Candace Elms-Smith, Tracks Less Traveled

Lincoln Quilliam, Trail Ventures

Susie Aulich, The Trig Unique Accomodation on Mt Arthur.

Andy Crawford, Walk on Kunanyi

Sam Shillingford, We The Riders MTB Apparel

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Rob Blakers, Wild Island

James McCormack, Wild Magazine

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