March 6, 2014
A forestry regeneration technique that Bob Brown yesterday labelled 'napalm bombing' is about to be used by green groups inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
"This is the same regeneration technique that the Bob Brown yesterday described on ABC Radio as napalm bombing and setting a firestorm," Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck said.
Senator Colbeck said the hypocrisy of these actions should not be lost on the Australian community.
"Every time a puff of smoke is seen on the horizon during the narrow window of the regeneration season, the greens claim forests are being destroyed, just as Bob Brown did yesterday" he said.
"Now Environment Tasmania, the Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation are endorsing the practice by using fire as a regeneration technique."
"They can't have it both ways."
Senator Colbeck said regeneration burns are a recognised practice and an essential element in regeneration of tall-eucalypt forests.
He said green groups' hypocrisy demonstrates the complete sham of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.
"Green groups are now saying harvested forests can be regenerated to world heritage quality yet they continue to claim that the very act of forest harvest and regeneration destroys them for ever," he said.
Senator Colbeck said Australia's forest industry was among the best managed in the world and brings a range of benefits to regional communities and the environment.
As the Chair of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations says:
"The challenge for the forestry profession is to communicate the simple idea that the best way of saving a forest is to manage it sustainably and to benefit from its products and ecosystem services. If the principles of sustainable forest management are applied and forest products and ecosystems services play an increasing role, the global economy will become greener."