The Bob Brown Foundation has indicated its intention to appeal to the High Court after the Federal Court rejected its claim that the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement was invalid.
The full bench handed down its decision on Wednesday in "the great forest case", as described by Bob Brown.
His foundation had attempted to argue that the Tasmanian RFA was invalid because it did not create "legally binding relations" over matters of national environmental significant and old growth management.
The other argument centred on the Tasmanian Government's ability to unilaterally amend the RFA in regards to ecologically sustainable forest management, thus making any native forestry illegal.
However the full bench of the Federal Court found that, just because one part of the RFA was not legally binding, it did not call into question the entire agreement.
"As has already been outlined above, the Tasmanian RFA is in three parts; the first two are expressed not to be intended to create legally binding obligations, the third part, however, provides for such an intention," the judgment reads.
"The fact that every clause of an agreement may not be legally binding, or create legal obligations between the parties, does not mean that the agreement itself is not 'in force'."
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The court also found that the agreement between the Commonwealth and Tasmania was not intended to bind the state into the future over ecological sustainability matters.
"Indeed, it was patently clear that both parties accepted and acknowledged that Tasmania's Forest Management Systems would be amended from time to time," the judgment reads.
Speaking at a public meeting in Hobart on Thursday, Dr Brown said the fight was not over.
"It's great to have the future prospect of saving those forests in front of us," he said.
"We are going to stop the destruction of Tasmania's native forest and wildlife, and our campaign is bringing that date, that good outcome, as they've done in New Zealand, every time we're in the forest, every time we're in the public arena, and every time we go before the courts."
In a tweet, the Bob Brown Foundation confirmed that it had instructed its lawyers to prepare a special leave application to the High Court.
Injunction on logging in up to 30 coupes ends
As part of the Federal Court proceedings, Sustainable Timber Tasmania agreed to an injunction on logging in up to 30 coupes across the state, including those in the Eastern Tiers that were subject to protests in late 2020.
STT chief executive officer Steve Whiteley said logging would not immediately commence in these coupes, despite the injunction coming to an end.
"Effectively, we're rescheduled so there's no rush back into any of those areas," he said.
"In the meantime, none of the contractors have been stood down. We've been able to find other places that weren't nominated by the injunctees.
"In terms of what people will see, nothing effectively will change from last week to this week in terms of where our contractors are operating and where these guys are working.
"Because in the end, we don't want to be bumping up against disruption. We want the legal process to be resolved and we're obviously very happy with the result and the clear judgment that's come down."
Resources Minister Guy Barnett said a High Court appeal was a matter for the Bob Brown Foundation, but he warmly welcomed the Federal Court's decision.