Bob Brown Foundation has today announced their protest vigil has expanded to a second area of threatened forests in Tasmania’s Tarkine. Community members have set up a camp in the Frankland River forests, saved from logging last year by the Foundation. These forests are now available for logging again after the Wedge-tailed Eagle breeding exclusion zone was lifted. This second camp comes after conservationists have been in the nearby Sumac forests for the past two weeks in a tree-sit vigil.
Ancient forests on the banks of the Frankland River, habitat for the endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle and the world’s largest freshwater crayfish, are again on the logging schedule after a logging exclusion zone was lifted at the end of January. Due to two Wedge-tailed Eagle nests in the proposed logging area, logging is not allowed from July to January. When the eagles have finished breeding, the bulldozers are allowed to destroy the forest habitat.
“The tireless work of more than 100 citizens who camped in these forests halted the logging in 2017. We are back again to ensure these forests do not get lost to logging. It is time to permanently protect takayna / Tarkine and Australia’s largest tract of temperate rainforest in a National Park and World Heritage Area. It is time for the logging in these ancient forests to cease,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
For the past two weeks, members of the community have been camped in a threatened forest near the Sumac lookout in the Tarkine. The ancient tall eucalyptus and rainforest, habitat for the endangered Tasmanian Devil, is also under threat of destruction from logging.
“We will keep a vigil on both areas of ancient Tarkine forests threatened by logging. The next Tasmanian government can stop the ongoing loss of Tarkine rainforests and ancient tall eucalyptus habitat for our rare and endangered wildlife. Tasmanians can vote for a government who will protect the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, the world’s largest freshwater crayfish and vast tracts of ancient Tarkine forests that are at the heart of Australia’s natural heritage,” Jenny Weber said.