I WANTED to write to you in an attempt to bring some balance to your site which has drifted so far from the mainstream news media as to be highly suspect.

I’d like to start by quoting our good friend Scott Mclean (CFMEU) who said of pulp mill protesters “I thought terrorism had been outlawed in this country and these people are no more than environmental and economical terrorists in my view.” (ABC news 6 Mar 2008)

As always, Scott is spot on. Really, we don’t need court cases and lengthy appeals processes, these people are guilty from their own mouths and they should simply be incarcerated or shipped off to the mainland or wherever they came from, until they’re prepared to go along with government policy.

Understand, we in forestry are getting pretty tired of these barely employed feral environmentalists, pretending they represent the community at large, while trying to hobble this state’s potential by constantly attacking the one industry that makes Tasmania great – forestry.

Where would Tasmania be without forestry?

It’s like wondering what a world would be like if everything was made of stone, no wood for building, no paper for writing on, a world of concrete, slate and chalk.

Forestry is the magic that turns otherwise useless trees into sustainable products that lock in carbon forever, and we’re the people who do it. Forestry is responsible for most of Tasmania’s wealth and we could create even more if the ‘terrorists’ that Scott was talking about were removed from our community as proposed earlier.

And forestry is carbon positive because even under Kyoto rules (the same ones that the Greens and environmentalists have been pushing for) older trees can be cut down without releasing any carbon while new trees planted suck carbon dioxide from the air in great quantities.

Thus, our plan to cut down the older forests and replace them with carbon dioxide removing plantations is the most environmentally responsible approach that Australia can possibly have.

As for the false notion that we are a threat to agriculture – what rubbish! Our programs are a lifeline to marginal farmers who shouldn’t be on the land in the first place. Our plantations are creating jobs everywhere at the same time as they’re reducing climate change.

And blaming us for a lack of water is really ridiculous.

We remove water sucking forests at source, allowing more water to enter catchments when it rains. Blowing up another myth, trees have nothing to do with whether it rains or not, what a silly idea! If that was true then the Sahara desert could be reconstituted by planting trees everywhere and someone would have done it by now.

Here we are, proposing a major $6.7 billion boost to Tasmania’s economy with a mill so clean and green you’d hardly know it’s there, and there are these ‘terrorists’ trying to cripple the mill by pretending that it’s some kind of smelly monster. The government has concluded there are no health threats, no pollutants in the Bass Strait.

In fact the government is anxious to get on board the proposal to benefit this great State of ours.

It’s obvious that no government would approve of such a thing unless they were totally certain of its credentials. Those who’ve been attacking our Premier now know of his responsible environmental views – he’s committed to reduce emissions, he’s even gone a bit too green perhaps with a new eco friendly car.

What else do these Greens want?

As for science, forestry has got the lot with top ranking scientists like Dr. Hans Drielsma and Dr Kevin Bonham bringing the rigours of their disciplines to bear on the real world of practical forestry, and coming up with the most advanced and sustainable solutions known to man (yes, Tasmania does lead the world in forestry practice) only to be attacked by renegades like Warwick Raverty just for trying to develop our state.

As for the waterways, the usual suspects present no credible evidence of problems, instead relying on a few anecdotes and a couple of navigation errors by helicopter pilots as a stalking horse to attack forestry once again. It’s obvious that our government would soon stop any poisoning of our waterways but there are no poisons as frequent DPIW studies have shown.

For those concerned about so called subsidies – what few dollars we get are merely a fractional offset for the losses we suffer thanks to Green bigots.

If we’re constantly forced to pay for trees that belong just as much to us as anyone else, and constantly forced to respond to silly environmental rules, then our costs go up. We’re doing the lot for Tasmania, bringing in the money, creating jobs and helping the environment, it’s only fair that the government compensates the industry for these kinds of pointless costs.

So this then, is our heartfelt plea to you and your radical green and environmentalist readers. Please realise that your actions are no different to those of any other terrorists. You are trying to harm our economy, even our very way of life, with your blinkered attacks on the biggest industry in Tasmania.

Your Premier is trying to create a state that we can all be proud of. Of course he supports forestry, any rational person would.

Foresters are people too you know, and we have just as many rights as these sadishus eco maniacs.

Loggers and proud

Ed Woodward

Forestry is the magic that turns otherwise useless trees into sustainable products that lock in carbon forever, and we’re the people who do it. Here we are, proposing a major $6.7 billion boost to Tasmania’s economy with a mill so clean and green you’d hardly know it’s there, and there are these ‘terrorists’ trying to cripple the mill by pretending that it’s some kind of smelly monster. The government has concluded there are no health threats, no pollutants in the Bass Strait.

So this then, is our heartfelt plea to you and your radical green and environmentalist readers. Please realise that your actions are no different to those of any other terrorists. You are trying to harm our economy, even our very way of life, with your blinkered attacks on the biggest industry in Tasmania. Your Premier is trying to create a state that we can all be proud of. Of course he supports forestry, any rational person would.