Day 7 in the Tarkine Canopy Vigil – Frankland River forests

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Photo: Jess Rettig

Born and bred in the beautiful land of Tasmania! I'm in my final year of a science degree majoring in both zoology and plant science... Something I was driven to do to help me gain a deeper understanding of how forest ecosystems work and why it's so crucial that they are protected. To me these forests are more important than almost anything, they're the stronghold of not only all life but that of more than one Tasmanian endangered species. Intact forest and ancient Gondwanan forest has become so rare that it must be treated as such. There is an ongoing list of reasons as to why takayna needs to be protected and only one as to why it shouldn't: short-term gain. Sitting in a tree seems like a pretty simple thing to do when you compare it to what the forests of takayna/Tarkine provide us with.

I was woken by a beautiful bright sunrise over the myrtle forest canopy. It was a chilly and gusty morning and since the sit doesn't usually get full sun until 3pm I was  a bit cold and decided to stay in my swag cocoon. I read my book and nodded back off to sleep.

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Photo: Jess Rettig

I awoke a few hours later from a whistle down below and was quickly greeted with a delicious hot coffee. I sipped away and watched some of our ground crew yelling at the swarms of march flies that have taken up residence by the camp fire whilst the rest wandered off to walk the 'Gondwana track' circuit that we marked out a few days ago. The track follows through classic Tarkine myrtle forest and is teeming with various fern species, fungi and countless moss and liverworts species making homes on fallen trees. It's forest succession in action!

We said goodbye to our supporters Leia and her children Fillip and Vida this morning. Leia is originally from Croatia and first visited the Tarkine 8 years ago and fell in love. A love that has remained with her until now and has brought her back her to the Tarkine for a second time to share these unique forest ecosystems with her children. I hope with all my heart the Tarkine and its inhabitants are here for future generations and for the health and wellbeing of this planet.

Jess Rettig


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