Following eight days of protests against old growth logging in Tasmania’s Wentworth Hills, logging was halted again today by Bob Brown Foundation in two forests. Two protesters locked themselves to forest-destroying machines, immobilizing the machines and preventing ancient forests from being logged.
Just 2km away in a 100 hectare area of forests proposed for logging to start today, another protester was arrested after tree-sitting. A protest blockade has been underway in these forests for the past seven days.
“Clearfelling of native forests, including the old growth forests of Wentworth Hills, continues to destroy endangered species habitat and remove critical carbon storehouses in this age of climate emergency,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Native Forest Campaign Organiser, Dr Lisa Searle said today.
“Logging the precious few native forests we have left is a crime in this current climate emergency,” said Dr Lisa Searle.
“These forests provide vital carbon stores, as well as habitat for countless species, like the endangered wedge-tailed eagle that soared over us while we were occupying the threatened forests. Wentworth Hills is a National Park in waiting and needs permanent protection now. We will not stop fighting until we see these forests protected,” Dr Searle said.
“The Australian and Tasmanian government are charging forward with crimes against the climate, forests and wildlife. Premier Gutwein chose to send in Tasmania Police today to remove citizens who are doing the job of protecting native forests instead of calling off the logging that is smashing down these important ecosystems. He is not the Minister for Climate Change, he is a Minister for Climate Destruction,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.