04 October, 2010

Easy to miss

John Hayward, Weegena, Tas
The Age (letter), 4 October 2010

As dismaying as the critically endangered status of Leadbeater's possum is the fact that VicForests has been entrusted with its protection.

Like many extraction industries, forestry has been successful in cultivating its regulatory bodies, as well as politicians, even to the disastrous extent of gaining formal self-regulation in Tasmania. To loggers, the avoidance of threatened species habitat is a costly nuisance.

A nocturnal animal as discreet as this possum is easy to miss, particularly by those who don't really want to find it.

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