OFFICIALS AGREE ON TASMANIA FOREST DEAL
Federal and state officials announced an agreement to save 428,000 hectares of public forests, a move that follows more than 18 months of discussions between conservationist and industry groups. Green organizations criticized the deal, which leaves 2,000 hectares of high conservation value forests open to logging. "I would suggest if people are not happy with 99.5% of the original ask, then they are very hard to please," said Tasmania's Forests Minister, Bryan Green, though a map of areas available to loggers goes deep into wilderness forests. In addition, the federal government will not halt some existing logging contracts. For the full story, see http://www.smh.com.au/national/tasmanian-forests-saved-in-landmark-agreement-20120113-1pzi1.html and http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/logging-rolls-on-despite-new-forestry-deal/story-e6frf7jx-1226243867515.