Day 8 in the Tarkine Canopy Vigil – Frankland River forests

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Photo: Jess Rettig

It's my third day in the sit and I have come to the realization that I am horrible at crosswords and that harnessed yoga is more challenging than hot yoga. I'm learning new ways to entertain myself but being confined can be challenging for a fidgety person like me. The ground crew have cottoned onto the fact that I really like chips and they're starting to use this information to their advantage. Sending messages out to Scott Jordan implying that I am in desperate need of chips (somehow not many seem to get me). Scott however being the amazing man that he is replies: "Tell her I accept this quest. The sun shall not set without crisps first being offered up into her tree." A few hours later true to his word he is present with a variety of flavours! Thank you Scott (on behalf of the crew)!

It has been a very warm day (by Tasmanian standards) and some of the ground crew have resorted to building a makeshift shelter below the sit. The rest have gone to splash around in the refreshing shallows of the Frankland River that is just short walk away from camp. The Frankland River is home to the largest freshwater invertebrate in the world! That's right... No back bone and the size of my torso!! Pretty amazing. Astacopsis gouldii or the giant freshwater crayfish are an already threatened species and logging in this area will place further pressures on their populations. Sedimentation due to logging will greatly impact the Frankland River. Streamside reserves won't provide adequate protection for these ancient creatures.  Healthy rivers systems are crucial. We all live downstream!

Jess Rettig


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