Prue Acton claims that taxpayers subsidise woodchipping.
In fact, forestry subsidises a parasitic green bureaucracy whose aims are to strangle productivity and maximise hectares in mismanaged reserves. Sixteen per cent of Australia’s forests are in nature reserves but we rank only 123rd in the world on Yale University’s Environmental Performance Index.
Lithuania has 1 per cent of her forests in nature reserves and ranks first in the world for sustainable forestry.
In 2011 Lithuanian forestry produced 4 million cubic metres of wood and returned $95 million AUD to treasury.
Lithuania also has a flourishing tourist industry.
At the annual exhibition of forestry, hunting and environment, there is an award for Environmental Achievement and another for Preserving and Cherishing Hunting Traditions.