A forest defender has today been arrested for trespass after attaching herself to a logging machine in forests being destroyed near Mt Field National Park. A second forest defender is still perched atop a cable logging machine in the forests after logging was halted today.
“I took a stand today to defend the last tracts of native forests in Tasmania. Cable logging is destructive for forests and water catchments. The forests we are protesting in have two Wedge-tailed Eagle nests and they are being stripped bare,” Sarah Van Est, arrested forest defender said today.
“Our Foundation has returned to frontline forest defence today to highlight the urgent need to halt destruction of remnant, wildlife-filled ecosystems. These are ancient forests that Premier Gutwein gave loggers free rein to continue smashing even though Tasmania has more plantations than required to meet all its essential wood needs. Native forests need urgent protection from logging and loggers can transition into jobs managing the forests for carbon storage and responsive roles in this age of a climate emergency such as elite fire-fighters,“ Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.