UN blocks Abbott's appeal to log 74,000ha of Tasmania

A PUSH to remove more than 74,000 hectares of protected Tasmanian forest to allow logging has been rejected by the United Nations' World Heritage Committee.

The committee took just 10 minutes to reject the request, with one delegate saying an approval would set an unacceptable precedent.

The area was given protection last year as part of a deal done between the former state and federal Labor governments.

The government pushed for the forest to be de-listed from the World Heritage Area because it was damaged by previous logging efforts and should be open to the timber industry.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he will be "carefully looking at the decision and deciding what's best now".