Tasmanian native forest protection
Protecting Tasmania’s valuable native forests
The love of the outdoors is one of – if not the main – reason for how we at Psyclone Tents have come to where we are now. All of us at Psyclone feel that time spent in nature serves for some of our earliest memories and most formative lessons.
We also feel it is up to each of us to do our part wherever we can to try and raise awareness of how our actions affect the environment – and beyond that try to modify our behaviour to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible. It is with this in mind that we have decided to take action with the great team at Climate Friendly.
We have chosen to offset 3 times our estimated carbon emissions footprint as calculated using the handy tools that Climate Friendly provide.
We look forward to working alongside Climate Friendly well into the future – and we will continue to search out opportunities where we can give back and support organisations that are making a difference for the environment.
If you are involved in any activism or environmental initiatives and feel we could work together, please contact us.
Doing our part
The Tasmanian Native Forest Protection Projects involve the protection of large tracts of privately owned land in the Tasmanian Central Highlands. The land is degraded native forest which has been logged in the past and – in the absence of carbon revenue – would continue to be either logged or cleared for agriculture in the future.
This group of projects is a test case. If it works, a new business model will have been created to compete with logging. It is a real opportunity to preserve Tasmania’s iconic native forests; but it requires financial support from businesses and individuals through the sale of carbon credits.
Tasmania is known globally for its precious native forest, endemic species, significant biological diversity and spectacular wild places. The exceptional ecological values of Tasmania’s natural environment have been recognised internationally.
However, significant tracts of native forest are still being logged or are scheduled for logging. Increasing areas of forest are also being clear-felled to make way for pasture and other agricultural use. The timber is primarily used to create low-value woodchip for the pulp and paper industry.
Whilst there is increasing concern for the plight of Tasmania’s forests, there are at present limited options for landowners seeking to manage the land in a manner that is both economically and environmentally sustainable. Currently logging is the primary option.
These pioneering projects were the first in Australia to be accredited under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and among the first VCS projects in the world in the field of improved forest management and avoided deforestation. The projects minimise greenhouse gas emissions by preventing the release of carbon stored in the trees, which would otherwise occur through the logging, processing and use of the timber. The credits issued in recognition of this provide a means for landholders to pursue a new business model by generating revenue from their sale.
Benefits Beyond Carbon Reduction
In addition to their climate change benefits, the projects help to protect and restore Tasmania’s valuable native forests, which provide a habitat for a number of endangered species including the wedge-tailed eagle, spotted quoll and the iconic Tasmanian devil.
They have also created new employment opportunities in the forestry sector, and ecotourism opportunities through the enhancement of the landscape.
Furthermore, the projects have provided income diversification and stabilisation for local landowners, thereby enabling them to set the land aside for conservation purposes only, and manage it in a way that encourages natural regeneration of the forest.
In addition, landholders are keen to raise awareness of their efforts to protect this unique forest landscape by facilitating visits to the area to see first-hand the benefits these projects bring.
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