Tasmania Shadow Minister for Environment and Parks Matthew Groom
Wightman Confused On High Conservation Value Forest Question
Victor P Taffa
The Minister for the Environment and Parks, Brian Wightman, failed once again to coherently outline his understanding of “high conservation value” in Parliament today a term that is being used by the Greens and Environmental Non-Government Organisations to justify locking up hundreds of thousands of hectares of productive native forests in Tasmania, according to Shadow Minister for Environment and Parks Matthew Groom.
“The Minister clearly doesn’t understand it, can’t define it and scarily, he may soon be responsible for up to 570,000 ha of forests the Greens and ENGOs claim as being of “high conservation value”.”
“Even the West Report finds the term is “confusing”, “not scientifically helpful” and “not designed to help assess areas for formal conservation” but Labor is so captive to the Greens that they will lock up hundreds of thousands of hectares of productive native forests based on a term the Minister for the Environment doesn’t even understand.” Mr. Groom said.