Forest defenders today expanded their occupation of threatened forests in Tasmania’s Wentworth Hills. A walk-on was staged into an active logging coupe in the Wentworth Hills area in central Tasmania.
“We are bearing witness and exposing the destruction of a significant tract of old growth forest. The ancient forests called WW034E by Sus Timber Tasmania is 100% old growth forest. We have captured footage of ancient trees falling in this coupe, and camping nearby we are listening to them logging and loading trees day and night,” said Bob Brown Foundation’s Native Forest Campaign Organiser, Dr Searle.
“Contractors refused to stop work, ignoring industry agreed protocol and continued to fell giant trees as we documented the incredible loss of an ancient landscape and habitat for a range of endangered species,” said Dr Lisa Searle.
“If the loggers ignore policy and protocol to halt logging when protesters are on site then they are likely to be ignoring other protocols. Our Foundation is concerned about the endangered species and their habitat that are lost to logging. Bob Brown Foundation is calling for an immediate end to logging of native forests in Tasmania, including Wentworth Hills,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“We want the chainsaws to stop, for this destruction to end, and for tranquillity and safety to return to this area for all the species that call this place home,” said Dr Searle.
Bob Brown Foundations occupation of three red Wentworth Hills forests has been in place for three days. Protests are planned to continue in the Wentworth Hills area until the last machine has rolled out and this area has the secure long lasting protection it deserves.