Call for logging halt to protect Tas bird
Logging should be halted in parts of eastern Tasmania where new feeding grounds for an endangered parrot have been discovered, conservationists say.
The Bob Brown Foundation has called on the state's Forest Practices Authority to to revoke plans in 31 areas of the Eastern Tiers.
It claims a food source for the native swift parrot, the Eucalyptus brookeriana, is ignored in current forestry plans.
In a Federal Court affidavit, expert on the swift parrot, Dr Matthew Webb said he had seen the bird foraging on the tree this summer, though it's not traditionally recognised as its habitat.
"This (is a) new finding and therefore there is a monumental failure to protect important habitat of a species that is on the brink of extinction," Bob Brown Foundation spokeswoman Jenny Weber said.
The mapping system of the logging authority is inaccurate, out-dated and fails to recognise important habitat for critically endangered species, Ms Weber says.
The foundation wants logging in the coupes put on hold until a new practices plan is drawn up.
It is also pursuing legal action aimed at ending forestry in Tasmania broadly.
The Federal Court earlier this month dismissed the challenge but Bob Brown has pledged to take it to the High Court.
The foundation argues Tasmania's regional forestry agreement is invalid because it does not properly protect threatened native animals, including the critically endangered swift parrot.
The Federal Court judgement agreed with state-owned forestry company Sustainable Timber Tasmania that there is a broader suite of environmental protections in force in Tasmania.
A recent study found there were fewer than 300 of the migratory swift parrots remaining.
Dr Brown has twice been arrested in recent months at separate protests at logging coupes.
The Forest Practices Authority has been asked for comment.
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