The native forests around the iconic Blue Derby and St Helens MTB trail networks are predominantly classified as State Forests. Forests the Government Business Enterprise (G.B.E.), Sustainable Timbers Tasmania overseas for logging.
Unfortunately when the MTB trails were being planned and designed no changing of land tenure was undertaken to ensure the forested valleys and ridges they wind through would be protected from logging.
From April 2020 over 350,000 ha of native forest were taken out of temporary reserve and re-listed as state forests, making them available to logging. This includes large areas of forests in north east Tasmania and forests around the Blue Derby, Bay Of Fires and St Helens MTB linking trails.
These forests are worth more standing as tourism destinations, carbon banks, water sheds and biodiversity arks.
The maps below show the threatened forests and MTB trails that are part of making north east Tasmania one of the best MTB tourism draw cards in the world.