The Bob Brown Foundation has declared Tasmania is running out of time to protect a critical native forest region in the Central Plateau. Launching a forest occupation in Tasmania’s Wentworth Hills area, conservationists are calling for an end to native forest logging in this area before it is too late.
“Logging in Tasmania’s Wentworth Hills and neighbouring forests north of Mt Field National Park is destroying Tasmania’s largest eucalypts in some of the worst logging practice occurring in Australia today. It is a battle against time in these forests as Tasmania’s redundant ancient forest logging practices obliterate wild forests,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“We have been receiving reports of one log loads, trees so big that only one log fits on the back of the logging truck. Wentworth Hills is where they are coming from,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Native Forest Campaign organiser Dr Lisa Searle said.
“A logging blitz is tragically destroying Wentworth Hills and we have established a treesit camp in an area scheduled for logging next week. Wentworth Hills is a fragile forest ecosystem with ancient eucalypts at very high elevation, these forests were handed to the logging industry to destroy when they should have been protected many years ago,” Dr Lisa Searle said.
Wentworth Hills is;
- A dolerite plateau located in the Central Highlands of Tasmania.
-Predominantly vegetated with native forest dominated by gum-topped stringybark (Eucalyptus delegatensis), frequently with a sub-canopy of rainforest trees, reflecting the high rainfall of the region.
-Rich with Tasmanian native wildlife, Wentworth Hills is home to nine threatened fauna species. Numerous nesting sites for the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle have been recorded in and around the Wentworth Hills.
-Contains high-quality habitat for the rare and vulnerable Spotted-tail quoll.
-Significant habitat for the Endangered Grey goshawk, Masked owl and Tasmanian Devil.