West Wellington Protection Group

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West Wellington Protection Group

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The West Wellington range is under threat of clearfelling by Forestry Tasmania. Help Protect your forest, protect your backyard! Visit the West Wellington Protection group website: www.wwpg.info

A 5,000Ha area of native forest that adjoins Wellington Park’s Western & South-Western boundaries is under threat from logging by Forestry Tasmania. At least 650Ha is scheduled for clear-felling under Forestry Tasmania’s 3-year plan, beginning June 2010. Apart from some informal reserves, the remainder of the area is also divided into coupes of around 60Ha each.

Forestry Tasmania’s planners admit that all timber worth logging will be taken out of the region over the coming years.

The mountains to the west of Mt Wellington have been a favourite recreation spot for generations of both Tasmanians and tourists. West Wellington is an undisturbed spread of native forest, home to many endemic species. Much of the area was burnt in the 1967 fires and so is considered re-growth forest, but this does not mean it is only worth the price of its wholesale logs. Regularly receiving winter snowfalls, it is a sub-alpine environment rich in diversity and habitat, similar to the adjacent Wellington Park.

Wellington Park was established to protect both the natural values of the area and the safety of water supplies to the greater Hobart region. West Wellington provides the headwaters for the water catchments of Judbury, Lucaston and Crabtree, but there is no forest reserve set aside to protect these catchments.

Concerned residents from villages and townships local to the proposed logging have recently set up a group to oppose the action by Forestry Tasmania. We welcome new members, new ideas and volunteers to help in the huge task ahead of us. In addition you can help by lobbying agencies and making your opposition to the logging public.

Type of group

Group

Environmental issue sub-category

Conservation & Protection

Geographic sphere or activity

Local

Primary location

West Wellington

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Unknown

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Date of last group activity not on website (e.g., on social media)

February 9, 2019

Known reason for group inactivity

Last known online activity was on the facebook page. Website is currently down.

Founding Year

Unknown

History of group

Unknown

Successes

Unknown

Primary strategic approach

Forests

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