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Tasmania protects more forests in next step towards industry peace deal

Source:  Copyright 2013, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date:  December 17, 2013
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The State Government has taken another significant step in securing Tasmania's historic forest peace deal.

The Government's executive council, made up of the Governor and senior ministers, has signed off on the permanent protection of about 100,000 hectares of forest.

It means the State Environment Department has agreed with Parliament that the area should not be logged, as required under the peace deal laws.

Most of the area has already been listed on the World Heritage register and includes parts of the Styx and Florentine.

It will be managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Environment Minister Brian Wightman says the creation of the new reserves is a significant milestone for the peace deal.

He says the Federal Government has agreed to help the State Government pay for their upkeep.

"The Parks and Wildlife Service of Tasmania will take care of that land and we will have the support of ...

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