Australia has 10% less forest than thought

Posted on May 25, 2008

From Radio National

It seems we have about 15 million hectares less forested area in Australia than we thought. That’s 10 per cent less than when we last measured five years ago. To put that figure in perspective, it is more than twice the total area of Tasmania (6.8 million hectares).

But apparently it hasn’t been cleared – advances in technology mean we are able to measure more accurately.

Every five years, Australia’s federal, state and territory governments produce a report on the state of the nation’s forests. This week in The National Interest we ask loggers and greenies what they make of it.

Can’t See the Forest …