(Image: River walk at Lake St Clair Strathgordon by Nicola Bryden on Flickr)

Home to some of the world’s tallest and oldest trees, 170, 000 hectares of Tasmanian forest have been recognised by UNESCO for world heritage listing. This recently approved area adds to Tasmania’s 1.5 million hectare World Heritage Area. World Heritage status is the greatest protection possible, and the listing has been well received by activists, including Miranda Gibson who spent 494 days in a tree to protest the area’s clearing.

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