Bob Brown Foundation has today launched forest protests for the week ahead as the legality of logging on public land in Tasmania is questioned.

This morning protesters have halted logging in lutruwita / Tasmania’s wild central highlands, at Wentworth Hills. This comes after seven forest defenders, including Bob Brown, have had their charges dropped in the past fortnight, we have reason to believe that Forestry Tasmania's logging is illegal.

“Something is awry and we are here to make sure the logging across Tasmania is halted and the public learns the truth,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“It is dangerous enough to be continuing logging of carbon sinks in an age of a climate emergency and flattening habitat for endangered species in an age of extinction. Now Premier Gutwein is mulling over the need to get parliament to make legal Forestry Tasmania’s illegal practices. How widespread the invalid logging has been and over what period of time remains to be seen. For the time being the Premier is covering up,” Jenny Weber said.

“In Wentworth Hills this morning we are protesting in the same ancient forest we were in just weeks ago, we now believe these forests are being logged illegally. Until logging is halted statewide and Premier Gutwein shows logging across Tasmania to be legal we are concerned that illegal logging of wildlife rich carbon sinks is underway,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaigner Erik Hayward said.

“Wentworth Hills is where some of planet Earth’s oldest forests are being lost to logging for woodchips. New logging roads have been smashed into forests rich with Tasmanian native wildlife. Wentworth Hills is home to nine threatened fauna species. Numerous nesting sites for the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle have been recorded in and around the Wentworth Hills. It is high-quality habitat for the rare and vulnerable Spotted-tail Quoll and significant habitat for the Endangered Grey Goshawk, Masked Owl and Tasmanian Devil,” Erik Hayward said.

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-04-04 08:40:19 +1000