Conservationists have returned to establish a blockade in a remote Tarkine rainforest as logging looms in the wildlife rich forest. A peaceful occupation was established over the weekend to protest a proposed new logging road.
“These forests have been threatened by a new logging road for the past three years and our Foundation’s peaceful protest has saved them from destruction. However, the logging threat is once again looming this spring/summer,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaigner Scott Jordan said.
“Sustainable Timbers Tasmania's logging plans lock in ongoing woodchipping of threatened species habitat, more loss of Tasmania's ancient wilderness like takayna / Tarkine and more public subsidies to prop up a failing, outdated business model.”
These threatened forests are located south west of the popular and iconic Sumac Lookout overlooking the Arthur River. Tasmania’s government logging agency has plans to flatten these forests.
“We will continue to defend ancient rainforests and tall eucalyptus forests rich in carbon and critical wildlife habitat,” Scott Jordan said.
“Endangered Tasmanian Devils rely on these intact old-growth forests for habitat,” Scott Jordan said.
"This forest will supply timber to the controversial Malaysian timber company Ta Ann, while the majority of the forests that will be flattened will be woodchipped. Ta Ann, who have had a controversial Tasmanian base since 2006, and Shin Yang, who are soon to establish in Tasmania, are using Tasmania to falsely claim environmental credentials in the international market, after they have both plundered the tropical forests of Borneo,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“These globally unique rainforests and the vast region of takayna / Tarkine undoubtedly has potential as a major extension to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Premier Hodgman can provide permanent protection of takayna / Tarkine in a National Park, list the area for its World Heritage values and return it to Aboriginal ownership,” Jenny Weber said.