Media Release 21 Feb 2017
A vigil in the canopy of threatened ancient forests in Tasmania’s Tarkine has been established by conservationists. Bob Brown Foundation have escalated their campaign this week to highlight the looming loss of globally significant forests to logging.
“If Tasmania’s Government continue with plans to log the Old-growth forests of the Frankland River in the Tarkine in the coming weeks, we will lose an extraordinary tract of ancient forests, critical habitat for many species and have harmful impacts on one of the best habitats for the world’s largest freshwater crayfish, the Astacopsis gouldi,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.
Dr Lisa Searle, who will occupy the Canopy Vigil for the coming week, is hoping that Federal Environment Minister, Premier Hodgman and Forestry Tasmania will get the message and cease plans to log these forests.
“These ancient trees provide important habitat for so many species, and there are active Wedge-Tailed Eagle nests right here in these proposed logging coupes,” Conservationist Dr Lisa Searle said. "Being here really makes you realise how incredibly unique and amazing this place is."
“Attention to the looming fate of these ancient forests needs to be raised, losing these ancient forests to logging would be a global shame. While in the forest, conservationists will survey the forest values and conduct forest monitoring,” Dr Lisa Searle said.
“Last week community members occupied the threatened forests and broadcast the conservation values. This week our community occupation of these remote forests continues. There is still time for Premier Hodgman and Federal Environment Minister Frydenberg to protect these globally significant forests and halt the proposed logging,” Jenny Weber said.
Photographs attached of the Tarkine Canopy Vigil in the Frankland River Forests – higher resolution images available on request.
Jenny Weber 0427 366 929