The first takayna Knoll survey will be held on the 14-15th of August, and followed by monthly events over the next few months. RSVP below to hear about this and future events.
takayna rainforests have an outstanding ecological heritage value and are prime habitats of rare and endangered wildlife species including the Tasmanian devils, wedge-tailed eagles, masked owls or spotted tail quolls. takayna is however severely threatened by mining company MMG intending on building a toxic tailings dam. After 8 weeks of direct actions by citizens opposed to this project, MMG has ceased work temporarily, waiting upon further environmental assessment. We urgently need to increase our biological knowledge of this threatened area, surrounding the “takayna Knoll”, in order to provide scientific evidence of its ecological value.
Come and join us for “takayna Knoll surveys” to watch, count and celebrate the invaluable biodiversity of this threatened area. Citizens here have an opportunity to save this place from destruction by rigorously collecting biological data and scientific evidence of its ecological value. Led by Tasmanian fauna and flora experts over the next few months, this citizen science project will focus on the threatened species within the site and their respective habitats. It will include identifying tree and plant species, fauna prints and scats. The events will be held over a weekend and involve camping in the rainforest.
The survey’s will be carried out within the mining lease obtained by MMG, at the exact site of the proposed tailings dam and its accompanying facilities. The site lies within takayna, just outside of Tullah in Tasmania’s North West along the Pieman River. The surveys’ participants will be welcomed in our base camp in Tullah, before walking towards the “takayna Knoll” along a 6.5km road. Camp site and food will be organised in the middle of this area, which is pure, species rich, ancient, Gondwana rainforest.
The data collected in these surveys will be used in further legal cases against MMG project proposals by highlighting the importance of preserving the natural intactness of this area. It will also increase our scientific knowledge of takayna ecological value, a crucial step towards its recognition as a World Heritage area.
The beauty and magnificence of this forest has captivated all those who have visited and if the proposed tailings storage facility is to go ahead, nothing will ever live in this space again.
We are looking for Nature lovers and wildlife passionate citizens of all ages, from all over, to collaborate and collect data together. No scientific background is required to be involved. This is a great opportunity to show your support, stand up for our forests and save takayna.
Tullah, TAS 7321
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