Media Release: Protest continues in Tasmanian forest

Ten forest defenders are protesting today in the Wentworth Hills region of Tasmania, where five protesters have been arrested in the past days taking action to highlight the logging of the precious forests.

“Wentworth Hills is in Tasmania’s Central Plateau, adjacent to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is the site of the state’s largest scale logging destruction.  Forest defenders entered the forest overnight and are occupying the logging area, two people are attached to logging machines, halting the logging,”  Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

“Coupe WW036C is one of 3 currently active logging coupes in the Wentworth Hills area. Logging is proceeding in this area at an alarming rate, particularly considering that the market for wood chip exports from Tasmania is currently at a low. This coupe is 92 hectares and 88% old growth. It is predominantly E delegatensis forest, which is an incredibly important species for its hollows and habitat provision for threatened and endangered species. Activists saw a Grey Goshawk in this same coupe only a few days ago. There are also significant amounts of large rainforest species including myrtle and sassafras in this coupe,” Dr Lisa Searle, volunteer with the Bob Brown Foundation said.

“The forest defenders are getting this logging that is out of sight and out of mind right into the public arena so the world can see the shameful loss of vast tracts of native forests, rainforests and unique old growth ecosystems.  We are calling for protection of all native forests,”  Jenny Weber said.

“Native forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change and slowing the rate of wildlife extinction, however here in Tasmania the government ignores the climate emergency and global extinction crisis and sanctions ongoing forest destruction for woodchips and timber for the controversial Borneo logging giant, Ta Ann,”  Jenny Weber said.

“There is a Tasmanian solution to the climate emergency being felt across the globe and that is secure protection for the vast native forest estate.  Logging continues at a cost to the cost to the environment, climate and our rare flora and fauna,”  Jenny Weber said.

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