This morning, fifteen people held an end native forest logging protest at the entrance to the Artec woodchip mill in northern Tasmania. During a peaceful walk-in to the woodchip mill, a number of protesters were harassed by employees of Artec, including one young woman being knocked to the ground by an Artec representative.
“In the history of Tasmania’s forest protection movement, it is always the peaceful forest protectors who are victims of harassment and threats to safety. It is unacceptable. A young woman was knocked to the ground by a representative of Artec woodchipping company today while participating in a peaceful protest about the ongoing loss of wildlife-rich native forests that are our planet’s rich carbon storehouses,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“The daily line of trucks into the Artec woodchip mill come from across the state’s native forests and churned into hundreds of thousands of tons of woodchips. These smashed forests include the precious ancient forests of Wentworth Hills and habitat for critically endangered Swift Parrots in the Eastern Tiers. They are all rich carbon stores and only provide benefit to mitigating climate change when left standing,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaigner Erik Hayward said.