Conservation Agreement Extended Sat 30 June 2012 Bryan Green Minister for Energy and Resources The Minister for Energy and Resources, Bryan Green said the Australian and Tasmanian Governments had agreed to the TFA Signatories request for additional time through to 23 July 2012. Mr Green said this time was needed to finalise negotiations in relation to the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement. "In agreeing to this request both Governments recognised that this will extend the negotiations beyond the period covered by the current Conservation Agreement which was signed by both Governments and Forestry Tasmania," Mr Green said. "To avoid any uncertainty about the conservation status of the areas protected under the Conservation Agreement, it has been agreed to extend the existing agreement through to 31 August 2012. "Forestry Tasmania has worked hard to minimise access to coupes available for wood production under the Conservation Agreement which has made it possible to extend the existing agreement while continuing to meet contractual obligations. "It is important that the TFA process be given every chance of reaching a successful negotiated outcome, and it is a sensible decision to extend the agreement to 31 August to allow this to occur."