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Author Buckman, Greg, 1960-

Title Tasmania's wilderness battles : a history / Greg Buckman
Published Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin/Jacana Books, 2008


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Description 272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21cm
Summary "Tasmania's old-growth forests, its wild, untamed rivers and its remote, rugged mountain peaks are etched in the minds of most Australians but these wilderness areas have been the focus of bitter conflict between government, big business and environmentalists for the past 30 years. Although told mostly from an environmentalist's point of view, this book is a factual record of events. Beginning in the 1970s with the flooding of Lake Pedder, it takes the reader through the heady days of the Franklin River blockade and the more recent battles for Tasmania's old-growth forests, culminating with the controversial proposal for the Gunns pulp mill in the Tamar Valley. Unfolding events reveal something of how politics is done in the island state and why a climate of suspicion and mistrust persists among the various interest groups. These battles also have had ramifications for the whole of Australia. They have played a defining part in the shaping of the Green party as well as The Wilderness Society and The Australian Conservation Foundation. Never before has Tasmania been examined through the prism of conflicting values over wilderness. This approach shows what influence this single issue has had upon Tasmania's recent history."--Provided by publisher
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Wilderness areas -- Australia -- Tasmania.
Conservation of natural resources -- Australia -- Tasmania.
Environmental policy -- Australia -- Citizen participation.
Economic development -- Environmental aspects -- Australia.
Environmentalism -- Australia.
ISBN 9781741754643 paperback