Today in Wentworth Hills, four forest defenders were arrested for halting the logging of Tasmania’s endangered species habitat and carbon storehouses.
“We shut down logging of the oldest forests today, giving Premier Gutwein the opportunity to protect the old growth forested endangered species habitat. He failed again and chose to send in the police instead of choosing to protect these critical native forests,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.
“The tall forests of Wentworth Hills are under an industrial government sanctioned assault, a tragedy that is occurring right under our noses. Behind locked gates and hidden away from public scrutiny, these majestic, wild ecosystems are being decimated,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Organiser Erik Hayward said.
“The overwhelming majority of the trees logged from these forests are destined to become wood chips for unsustainable paper products. If left standing these forests will continue to provide essential habitat to sustain endangered species. Left standing the ancient eucalypts in the forests will continue capturing carbon in their soils, hold intrinsic and priceless value as undisturbed and fascinating forests,” Erik Hayward said.
"Sustainable timber Tasmania, the Tasmanian Liberal government and Tas Labor have had time to make the right choices to protect these places. They have failed. For the survival of endangered species, benefits to climate and the environment, native forests logging needs to end and we will not stop in the defence of our native forest,” Erik Hayward said.