A conservationist has been arrested today for defending Tarkine rainforest from logging. The woman, who spent the day in a tree sit, has been taken to Smithton Police station.
“Citizens stalled the logging in Australia’s largest temperate rainforest today in an urgent plea to the State and Federal Government. Rainforest logging in the Tarkine needs to cease and protection of takayna / Tarkine in a World Heritage listed National Park,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.
“There are ancient rainforests and tall eucalyptus forests rich with habitat for the endangered Masked Owl, Grey Goshawk, Wedge-tailed Eagle, all shamefully being lost to logging,” Jenny Weber said.
Bob Brown Foundation is calling for an immediate end to logging in Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforests after independently and scientifically dating a logged celery top pine from the same area at 350 years old. A cross-section of the pine is on display at the foundation office.
Since February 2018, citizens have been peacefully occupying the ancient, threatened forests of takayna / Tarkine. Two areas of forests proposed for logging are being protected by the Frankland Forest Vigil Camp. Recently, the camp reached the 100 days mark for these brave citizens and the forests are still standing.
You can join our camp as we hold it until 1st of July, when the Wedge-tailed Eagle breeding exclusion zone is placed back over these forests and they are safe from logging until February 2019. So only a few more weeks now to save these forests from logging for another year.Read more
In a major feat from our Foundation and citizens defending takayna / Tarkine, we have been defending Frankland River forests for 100 days.
More than 100 citizens have participated in our peaceful vigil in the Frankland River forests. We have stalled the logging since early February when the camp was re-established after the Wedge-tailed Eagle breeding exclusion zone ended and meant logging could commence in these ancient forests.Read more
Great coverage of our Conservation Camp in French magazine Liberation.
Even better if you can read French. Francophones click through and enjoy!
Last night I met a quoll. It was fossicking about our camp in the wilds of takayna / Tarkine. When I was a child we called them “native cats” and they were famous for slaughtering our chickens. That was in the Blue Mountains in the 1960s. None have been sighted there for decades.
Today I’m in the northwest of Tasmania, supporting Bob Brown Foundation’s stand to protect some of the world’s oldest Aboriginal sacred sites and the largest intact tract of cool temperate rainforests from logging, vehicular abuse and unsustainable mining.Read more
Tim Cooper is a Tasmanian photographer who has been spending many nights in the Frankland river conservation camp. Over the long weekend in March he was in camp and took these great images of the night sky, the fungi along one of our tagged walking tracks through the threatened ancient forests. Citizens have been occupying these threatened forests since February 2018 and protecting two areas of forest that are on the logging schedule.
As I drove into the takayna / Tarkine and first saw the logging I had to hold back tears. It hit me. This is really happening.
I had finally made it down to beautiful Tasmania to explore, soak in the pristine wilderness and see the incredible coastline I had heard so much about. I found out about the protest camp to save the takayna / Tarkine from some fellow travellers and was eager to go. I wanted to see this beautiful temperate rainforest and do what I could to help protect it.
It’s been 18 days since I began occupying the Frankland River logging coup and sleeping 20 metres up a 300-400 year old myrtle with fellow conservationists who also believe the Tarkine should be recognised for its World Heritage values and protected as a National Park. The area we are occupying, along with about a dozen others, is slated for logging this year by (and it’s hard for me to bring myself to say the words) ‘Sustainable Timber Tasmania’, formerly known as Forestry Tasmania. I have to admit that until now, even though I’ve known about old growth logging in Tassie, I’ve been pretty ignorant about the true gravity of the situation down here.