Media Release: Forest Defender held in remand overnight as protests continue in Tasmanian forest

A forest defender will appear in Hobart’s magistrate court this morning after spending last night on remand. Three people were arrested yesterday after a protest in Tasmania’s Wentworth Hills region, where old growth logging destruction is heating the planet and removing critical wildlife habitat from the landscape.

Meanwhile, protests continue this morning in the contentious logging area, one person is in a tree-sit and another is attached to a logging machine in the Wentworth Hills.

“Wentworth Hills is the site of Tasmania's largest-scale logging destruction. More than 2770 hectares of extensive eucalyptus native forests are scheduled to be destroyed over the next two years on the Tasmanian Central Plateau. No native forests should be lost to logging at this critical time of the planet’s climate emergency. We are calling for protection of all native forests to benefit the climate, wildlife and Tasmania's economy,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

Climate activist Marco Bellemo was arrested yesterday after defending old growth forests from a tree-sit, he was remanded in custody overnight after being deemed a ‘flight risk’ by Tasmania Police.

“It is outrageous that a climate activist who has been peacefully tree-sitting in Tasmania’s threatened forests is deemed a flight risk. Marco Bellemo has travelled to Tasmania to join the Bob Brown Foundation campaigns. He rode his bike from Devonport to Marrawah and ran in the takayna 22 ultra-trail marathon and then took a brave stand in the ancient forests of Wentworth Hills to take climate action,” Jenny Weber said.

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