Conservationists call for halt to proposed logging in Tarkine Old-growth forests

Media Release 20 Feb 2017

Tarkine forests. Photo: Colette Harmsen

Conservationists at Bob Brown Foundation have released photographs of threatened Old-growth forests in Tasmania’s Tarkine, taken last week after campaigners and community members spent the week in the remote forests documenting their values.

“While in these threatened forests we sighted endangered species, the Wedge-tailed eagle and Masked Owl.  We are calling on the Federal Environment Minister and Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to halt the proposed logging of these forests in Tasmania’s Tarkine,” Jenny Weber said.

“Forestry Tasmania have told us they intend to log these ancient forests on the banks of the Frankland River in the coming weeks. Our advocacy campaign for the protection of these forests has included protests in Hobart and Melbourne, a new website launched to rally citizens to protest and visiting the threatened forests to document their values before they are lost forever,” Jenny Weber said.

Bob Brown Foundation launched a new website, last week to register community members who are interested in protesting the logging of the Frankland River forests.

“Intact forests are becoming rarer globally, here in Tasmania’s Tarkine we have globally significant tracts of intact rainforests and eucalyptus forests. Securely protected Tarkine forests will mitigate global climate change, protect endangered species, remove the cost to the tax-payer that this logging causes and prevent massive environmental damage,” Jenny Weber 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.

Photographs attached – higher resolution images available on request.

Contact for more information
Jenny Weber
0427 366 929

Tarkine forests. Photo: Colette Harmsen
Tarkine forests. Photo: Jenny Weber

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