Mountain bikers will be relieved and delighted to know that recent suggestions and rumours that the BlueDerby trails are at risk, and would be logged in the future by Forestry Tasmania are grossly inaccurate and completely false.
The 80km BlueDerby trail network has been meticulously designed by world renowned trail designer Glen Jacobs and the World Trail team to be contained within reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service of Tasmania. PWS does not allow commercial logging in its reserves – ever.
To achieve the best possible contours, altitude and alignments, World Trail also negotiated an extremely small portion of the network on the edge of provisional logging coupes on adjacent land managed by Forestry Tasmania. Before committing to these trail alignments in the planning and design phase, World Trail had to be supremely confident that these small portions of the network would not be adversely impacted by future logging operations.
We are therefore delighted that Forestry Tasmania has recently confirmed that it will be deleting from its next three year plan the coupes through which Long Shadows, Flickety Sticks and Dambusters pass. This is consistent with our long held understanding that the physical constraints associated with these coupes makes any future harvesting highly impractical and therefore extremely unlikely into the foreseeable future.
We are also aware that Forestry Tasmania has been meeting with mountain bikers and locals to address concerns regarding planned forestry operations in close proximity to the top of Krushkas. As a result of these conversations, it is pleasing to hear that Forestry Tasmania will provide a minimum 35 metre buffer between its operations and the approximate 200 metres of the Krushka’s trail.
Whilst we are disappointed that some individuals have chosen to mischievously draw the BlueDerby trails into the seemingly never ending Tasmanian forestry debate, the BlueDerby team will not be distracted from the task at hand and remain absolutely committed to delivering a world class mountain biking experience at BlueDerby.
Stay tuned for exciting news about the opening date of the final 35 km of mouth watering trail scheduled to be opened in spring 2016.
For any further information or enquires please contact Dorset General Manager, Tim Watson 0438 507 168.