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Media Release
Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

15 March 2001

$427,200 To Boost Tasmania's Tall Timber

Over 1800 hectares of high priority forest will be formally protected thanks to funding from the Federal Government, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Dr Sharman Stone announced in Tasmania today.

Dr Stone announced funding of over $427,200 from the Federal for the establishment of reserves across 19 properties throughout Tasmania.

"The additional properties significantly increase the total area of high priority forest protected under the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement Private Forest Reserve Program," Sharman Stone said.

"To date, over $5 million has been provided to this Program from the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust to protect over 10,000 hectares of priority forest types in Tasmania.

"The Private Forest Reserve Program aims to protect about 100,000 hectares of high priority forests by December 2002, using a range of incentives, including conservation covenants. Financial assistance and management advice are also available.

"Landholders who are participating in this program are making a significant contribution to the ongoing conservation of Tasmania's world famous forests."

As part of Tasmania's Regional Forest Agreement, the State and Commonwealth Governments agreed to establish a Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative (CAR) forest reserve system for Tasmania and included provision for private land conservation through the establishment of covenants to support the public land reserves.

"The Commonwealth is providing $30 million to Tasmania to implement the CAR system of private land, $20 million of which is made up of the funds allocated to Tasmania under the Natural Heritage Trust," Sharman Stone said.

Some of the areas being target for their unique conservation value, include new reserves providing added protection for:

"The $427,000 in new conservation covenants and management agreements will ensure that Tasmania's unique beauty and important biodiversity are preserved for generations to come".

* Photos of Dr Stone with Mrs Dawn Walker, owner of the Ashburn property, are attached.

For further information please contact:
Simon Frost 0419 495 468
Thursday March 15, 2001

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