In June 2013, the United Nations made an historic decision to extend Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage area by 170 thousand hectares.
It might not sound like a lot on paper, but we are talking about much more than just a few old trees.
We are talking about breathtaking eucalypt skyscrapers that were standing hundreds of years before the First Fleet arrived. We are talking plunging glacial landscapes, cut through by wild rivers and teeming with incredible wildlife.
Our beautiful mist-covered forests were previously destined for the woodchipper.
These areas are also home to many rare and endangered species, from the cute and cuddly to the strange and slimy.
They all deserve protection, and now they have it.
Places like the Styx, the Weld Valley, the Florentine, Dove River and Mount Field National Park have all received humanity’s highest compliment: recognition by UNESCO for their “outstanding universal value to humankind.”
Without the Greens creating space for the forest peace talks and for the passage of the Forest Agreement legislation, this nomination would not have been submitted to UNESCO.
But the real heroes in this story are out in the community. They are the thousands of campaigners, supporters and scientists who have worked for more than a generation toward this important goal.
Some are no longer with us, but their legacy remains.
This is their achievement, and it's one that all Tasmanians
can be proud of.