Media Release: Tree-sitter arrested protecting Tarkine forests

Twenty-one years old Hobart student Josh Nichols was arrested early this afternoon from his tree platform in the Sumac Ridge Tarkine rainforest. Josh was sitting firm against Hodgman government plans to send in the bulldozers as early as next week.

The Bob Brown Foundation had established the Sumac rainforest camp at our Big Canopy Campout with 45 people last weekend.

“Josh Nichols is a braveheart for the Earth. Here in Tasmanian rainforests every bit as vital as the Amazon forests, he has sat firm against needless destruction in an age of climate emergency and this extinction crisis,” said Bob Brown who visited Nichol’s tree this morning.

“I called out our gratitude to this brave young Tasmanian. Most people will wish him well,” Brown, who visited the Sumac forest this morning, said.

“For the past three years hundreds of defenders have camped in takayna’s magnificent forests holding the Hodgman Government to account. Their dedication will not be diminished by today’s events,” said takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.