Amateur scientists descend on Tarkine wilderness in Tasmania to catalogue natural values

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An ABC article on Tarkine BioBlitz 2016:

"Sure we are coming along Forestry Tasmania roads and it's a dear shame that there's forestry roads into some of these ancient rainforests."These forests have wedge-tailed eagle nests in them where the wedge-tailed eagles are breeding," she said.

"They have Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish on the banks of the river. So these are rare endangered species in ancient old growth forests."

The presence of high profile threatened species in the Tarkine has been known long before the bioblitz, but Ms Weber said the bioblitz event helped raise awareness about the area.

"As environmentalists we are not naive to the fact we have a long way to go but this is a very important step.

"We have people come from the mainland to experience the place and experience it as an intact ecosystem and say, 'actually there's benefits to this place remaining intact.'"

Read the full story on abc.net.au here.

 

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Save the Tarkine hosts Wynyard meeting

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"Save the Tarkine proponents have attended a meeting at Wynyard, in a bid to step-up the campaign against logging within the Tarkine Wilderness Area. 

The meeting comes as the Bob Brown Foundation turns its focus to the impact the release of land for logging could have on the freshwater crayfish population in the Frankland River. 

Former Greens leader Bob Brown spoke at the event and said he hoped the state would have a “revolution in thinking” in coming years and view the freshwater crayfish as a tourism drawcard"

 

Read the full story on theadvocate.com.au here.

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Tasmania's giant freshwater crayfish threatened by logging plan

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"An environmental group is stepping up its campaign against the harvesting of timber from a coupe in north-west Tasmania because of the presence of a giant freshwater crayfish population.

This week a group from the Bob Brown Foundation has been monitoring the population in the Frankland River, located in the Tarkine Wilderness Area in north-west Tasmania.

The river is within 400,000 hectares of reserve land that the State Government plans to open up for logging.

Bob Brown Foundation campaigner Scott Jordan said it would threaten the crayfish population.

"We've found some spectacular giant freshwater crayfish, some strong blues and colours that are really unique to the Frankland catchment," he said."

Read the full story (and see all the great photos) on abc.net.au here.

 

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Protests planned as Forestry Tasmania poised to log Tarkine forests

Media Release 3 Feb 2017

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Conservationists at Bob Brown Foundation are calling on the Federal Environment Minister and Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to halt the proposed logging of Tarkine ancient forests. Protests will be held in Hobart and Melbourne this afternoon and a public meeting in Wynyard on Sunday will address the problems with logging globally significant forests in the Tarkine.

 “Logging in the Tarkine’s world heritage value forests, if allowed to proceed, will have long term devastating impacts on the environment, climate and wildlife. The intact forests of Tasmania’s Tarkine are globally unique and require protection for the survival of rare and endangered species,” Bob Brown Foundation’s campaign manager, Jenny Weber said.

“Intact forest landscapes are a key component in mitigating global climate change. As intact forests across the globe become rarer, secure protection for the Tarkine’s forests is more urgent,” Jenny Weber said.

“There is still time to halt this logging before the damage is done. We have friendly protests and public meetings planned from southern to northern Tasmania and over to Melbourne in the coming days to highlight the threat to the Tarkine forests,” Jenny Weber said.

“Despite our lobbying efforts to both State and Federal governments asking for protection of these forests in Tasmania’s Tarkine, logging of 75 hectares is planned to commence in the coming month,” Jenny Weber said.

“Forestry Tasmania is protecting the Forest Practices Code rather than the Giant Freshwater Crayfish. Scientific studies show that streamside reserves don’t protect the Crayfish from the impact of logging,” Environmentalist Bob Brown said.

Forestry Tasmania has plans to log two areas of forest that have endangered Wedge-tailed Eagle nests nearby and flank the Frankland River, one of the best habitats left for the world’s largest freshwater crayfish.

The two areas of forest are currently under a Wedge-tailed Eagle breeding season exclusion zone, which ends on the 10 February. Conservationists have been told by Forestry Tasmania that logging is planned after the restriction is lifted.

Upcoming Events – Friendly vigils will be held TODAY to draw attention to the issue out the front of Premier Hodgman’s Hobart office and Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s office in Melbourne.

Hobart protest –Executive Building today at 4pm today, Hobart.

Melbourne protest – Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s office in Melbourne at 3:30pm today.

Public Meeting – Wynyard, north-west Tasmania, Sunday 5 Feb at 2pm.

 

Contact for more information: Jenny Weber 0427 366 929

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