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Australia: Tasmanian Timber Giant Retreats from Old Growth Logging

Source:  Copyright 2010, Environment News Service
Date:  September 10, 2010
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Tasmanian Timber Giant Retreats from Old Growth Logging Environment News Service (ENS)

Tasmanian Timber Giant Retreats from Old Growth Logging

MELBOURNE, Australia, September 10, 2010 (ENS) - Australian environmental groups are rejoicing as the new head of Tasmanian timber company Gunns Limited announced the company will move away from logging native forests and develop plantation-based products.

At an industry conference in Melbourne Thursday, Gunns chief executive Greg L'Estrange acknowledged that most Australians support the environmental groups in their decades-long campaign to end logging in the old growth native forests of Tasmania.

"This may well mean transitioning to plantations but move we must, for the conflict must end," said L'Estrange. "Through this inclusive approach we will find joint solutions to age-old conflicts and move beyond to a real, sustainable forest industry."

Gunns is Australia's largest ...

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