Swift parrot delays logging
Forestry Tasmania will contribute to breeding survey. (ABC News)
The logging of an area of Tasmania’s Wielangta forest will be deferred because of the threatened swift parrot.
Tasmania’s Resources Minister David Llewellyn says it has become clear a significant number of swift parrots will breed in the Wielangta forest this spring.
Forestry Tasmania has agreed to postpone logging one coupe to monitor the use of the area by the threatened species.
A survey will examine whether there is a need to introduce new conservation measures to ensure the parrot has access to adequate breeding and foraging habitat.
In 2006 a Federal Court judge found logging in the Wielangta forest was illegal as it threatened three endangered species.
But Forestry Tasmania successfully appealed and the Greens Leader Bob Brown lost his bid to take the case to the high court.