Conservationists halt logging in Tarkine

Today in Hobart and Melbourne, peaceful demonstrations will be held at Premier Hodgman’s and Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s offices after a successful protest camp in Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforests has halted logging.

HOBART 12:30 PM – 11 PM, Executive Building, Murray St, Hobart

MELBOURNE 5 PM – Minister Frydenberg’s office, 695 Burke St, Camberwell

“Ancient rainforests and tall trees in the Frankland River forests, in the northwest of the Tarkine, are still standing thanks to two years of frontline action. More than 250 citizens joined our vigil camp from February to June this year,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“For two years the loggers have wanted to destroy these rainforests and tall eucalyptus forests but our Foundation and citizens have intervened to stop them. We moved into the forests in February 2017 and again in 2018. These forests have now been vacated so the endangered Wedge-tailed Eagles nesting there can breed,” Jenny Weber said.

“With two endangered Wedge-tailed Eagle nests in the proposed logging area, a logging exclusion zone will be in place from July 2018 until January 2019 to allow the eagles to breed. If the loggers return in February 2019 our Foundation will be back to stop them once again,” Jenny Weber said.

“For now, this forest home for eagles, quolls, wombats, owls and the world’s largest freshwater crayfish is safe. However, the State Government’s logging agency has today released their new three-year logging plan for Tasmania. These Frankland River forests are still on the logging schedule, as well as 1000 hectares in the Tarkine including rainforests and wildlife-rich tall eucalyptus forests,” Jenny Weber said.

“Sadly we have lost ancient rainforests elsewhere in the Tarkine this year and logging continues, despite our protests calling for their protection. Enough is enough - the Tarkine and Tasmania’s unique native forests need protection for wildlife, environmental, economic and climate benefits,” Jenny Weber said.

“Today we will take our message to the State and Federal Governments calling on them to protect takayna / Tarkine, including the ancient forests of the Frankland River that are still standing thanks to our frontline efforts,” Jenny Weber said.

Media contact

Jenny Weber 0427 366 929

6 July 2018

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