Media Alert: Tarkine Protest lasts 100 days in threatened forests

Media Alert 24 May 2017

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Bob Brown Foundation is holding two morning vigil protests tomorrow. In Hobart and Melbourne citizens will hold vigils to mark 100 days peaceful occupation in forests threatened by logging that flank the Frankland river in Tasmania’s Tarkine.

The Foundation will be calling on Federal Environment Minister Frydenberg and Premier Hodgman to provide National Park protection for the Tarkine.

HOBART – Executive Building, 15 Murray St, 8.15 - 9am

MELBOURNE – Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s office, 695 Burke Road, Camberwell, 8 - 9am

“Over the past 100 days, over 120 members of the community have participated in a vigil camp occupying and defending two proposed logging coupes in the Frankland River area of the Tarkine.

Citizens have spent this time documenting the outstanding natural values of this area, with wildlife cameras, visits with experts and audio call-back equipment surveys have recorded the presence of rare species like the giant freshwater crayfish and spotted-tailed Quoll, and endangered species including the Tasmanian masked owl and Tasmanian devil in these threatened forests. 

Logging of this wildlife rich habitat was scheduled to begin in February 2017, these ancient forests are still standing and we look forward to secure and permanent protection before they are lost to logging,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

High resolution photographs available on request.

Photograph attached of one of the healthy Tasmanian Devils inside the proposed logging areas, recorded using wildlife sensor cameras.

Contact
Jenny Weber 0427 366 929

 


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