Our Forests Program

Our Forests Program

Tasmania's ancient forests are world renowned

One of the last temperate wilderness areas left in the Southern Hemisphere, Tasmania's ancient forests are home to the largest flowering plants on earth and rare and endangered species including the Tasmanian Devil and majestic Wedge-tailed eagle. 

In 2013, Environment Tasmania and it's allies secured an 172,000ha extension to Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area. Through something known as the 'Forests Peace Deal' we also reached an agreement designed to end decades of conflict between loggers and the community over the future of our forests. As part of this peace deal, roughly 330,000ha of Tasmania's highest conservation value forests were slated for protection. 

Unfortunately, the ancient forests that were to be protected through the Forests peace deal, are now at risk.

In 2016, Environment Tasmania was part of the alliance that managed to stop the Tasmanian Government from opening the Wilderness World Heritage Area up for logging. But we are still fighting to protect the 330,000ha of beautiful, ancient forests that the Government handed back to the logging industry when they repealed the Forests peace deal. 




Environment Tasmania's mission is to protect these high conservation value forests - for the endangered species that call them home, and for our children and grandchildren. 



We won't let the wedge-tailed eagle go the way of the Tasmanian Tiger!


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  • noah wallis
    commented 2018-03-01 09:34:42 +1100
    when do you think there will be a safe and secure cur for the Tasmanian Devil
  • Mark ward
    commented 2018-02-28 09:53:24 +1100
    Taswater have decommissioned 3 dams they have now targeted Waratah dam , as a community we are fighting to save this dam which butts onto old growth forest. If Taswater continue on this path not only do we loose an eco system but a reliable water supply for any future fire threat to the town and Forestry plantations. Sustaianble timbers are sympathetic to our cause but have no opinion on saving this dam and all the animals using it including Wedge Tailed Eagles and in the past Sea Eagles. We need help to rescue the Platypus caught in the silt since Taswater started to drop the levels and rescue some commonsense. If Environmental Tasmania can help please do we have had media coverage but through the ABC, and Tasmania papers but little commitment from the Politicians who obviously are seeing to other issues .
  • robert vermont
    commented 2017-09-28 05:55:53 +1000
    I hear the Tasmanian government is taking over management of water. Well the cost of logging to water catchment is surprisingly high as water uptake increases in regrowth areas for many many decades. Farmers and everyone else pays for water or are they going to get away without paying like they do on not paying for their logging roads.
  • Nor Shamimi Kamaruddin
    commented 2017-04-17 01:50:12 +1000
  • Warwick Lloyd Mauger 'daynu
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-09 09:40:46 +1100
  • fiona cottingham
    commented 2016-01-30 07:07:41 +1100
  • Ivette Mendoza
    commented 2016-01-12 10:37:28 +1100
    We need Forest living deals which create opportunity to
    Create communities living in the the forest with monolithic domes as house – they indestructible – and legal covenants on the land – so people can live with permaculture principles, if no money we work for the dole and live and protect the forest this way we create free communities