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Ta Ann Final Report 2011 Web

Ta Ann Final Report 2011 Web

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Logging on Bruny Island in Tasmania’s south threatens
the habitat of the swif parrot (Lathamus discolor).

Coupe CM019C, Catamaran

TA ANN: BEHIND THE VENEER

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Te swif parrot is one of the most threatened
bird species in Australia, with 1000 breeding pairs
lef. Te swif parrot is the most signifcant of the
endangered species with habitat range, both breeding
and foraging, in Bruny Island state forests. In June
2010, a representative from Tasmania’s Treatened
Species Unit (TSU) communicated at a meeting of the
Bruny Community Forestry Group that Tasmania’s
most important breeding habitat for the swif parrot
for the year 2008-2009 was Bruny Island.117
Peter Pepper, Forestry Tasmania’s Community
Liaison Ofcer for the Huon District frequently

stated that the 80-100 year
old regrowth forests of
South Bruny State Forest,
were particularly valuable
as a source of veneer billets
for Ta Ann’s Southwood
mill. For example a memo
dated 15 June 2010, from
Peter Pepper to the Bruny
Community Forest Group,
stated that 2 500 tonnes of
timber from the logging of
coupe SB040A would be
supplied to the rotary peeler
mill at Ta Ann Huon.
A total of 13 400 tonnes
of timber would be logged
at the site, with 5 100 m3
being supplied to sawlogs,
5 800 tonnes to Gunns
Ltd’s Triabunna woodchip mill and 2 500 tonnes
supplied to Ta Ann Tasmania. Tis logging coupe
was identifed by community members, as well as
TSU surveys, as key swif parrot foraging habitat.118

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