Response to the Tasmanian Premier – August 2020

Premier Peter Gutwein failed to remove the ancient forests on the Styx road from Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s death list.   This is clear from his letter to many citizens and tourism operators who wrote to the Premier calling for the logging to be cancelled or at least be informed about plans to shut down the access route to the World Heritage listed Valley of the Giants in the Styx Valley.

Premier Gutwein claims that our Foundation has made false claims that Sus Timber Tasmania were planning to shut the Styx road to log forest area named coupe TN034G by Sus Timber Tasmania.  However the Parks and Wildlife Service reliably told tourists and tourism operators last week that Sus Timber Tasmania planned to close the road in mid-August for logging for weeks if not months.

A wave of public outrage has obviously caused a stay of execution. But that is all. From the Premier’s letter logging is still Sus Timber Tasmania’s intention. The Forest Practices Plan for this coupe is finalised and ready to go. The blue tags and 2020 plan show TN34G is definitely on the logging schedule for imminent flattening of native forests.

 

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Roving Occupations in Tasmania’s Threatened Forests

"Tasmania’s native forests need secure protection from logging as the global climate and biodiversity crisis demands urgent protection of all intact native forests. Our campaign to defend and protect native forests will engage citizens to occupy threatened forests and expose the vast areas of wildlife rich forests which are slated for logging,” Jenny Weber, Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager.

"We are going to carry out these roving occupations throughout Tasmania’s threatened forests as part of our campaign calling for an end to native forest logging. We will defend this place from the chainsaws which are set to come at any time," Bob Brown Foundation Action Organiser Erik Hayward said.

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Tasmanian Forest defenders returned to the ancient native forests today

Ten forest defenders set up a protest today in forests near Mt Brown, 1km NE of Mt Field National Park.  We are resuming our frontline campaign to highlight the urgent need to end the destruction of remnant, wildlife-filled ecosystems.  Cable-logging was halted today with one protester is perched on top of a cable-logging machine and another locked onto a machine.

“Cable-logging these steep slopes strips them to bare earth. The forest is home to endangered wedge-tailed eagles and has two nests for these mighty species, Australia’s largest bird of prey,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

Meanwhile last night on Facebook a timber mill announced that they received logs that had been allegedly spiked, a second mill has since stated they had the same happen yesterday in their mill.  The logging industry has suggested that the green movement was involved.  We are calling for a full and thorough police enquiry, including into the logging companies and any workers that may have been involved in this incident. This is a set-up.  We have no knowledge of or involvement in this alleged incident. We are always non-violent in our defence of the forests and have been all our lives.

There have been similar previous claims but all turned out to be hoaxes.  The most recent was when Premier Giddings had to apologise to me and fellow forest defenders in 2012 after accusing us of using tree spiking as a tactic in our campaign against native forest logging. In 1993 there was the notorious frame-up by pro-loggers who placed the so-called Black River ‘bomb’ on a railway track days before the federal election.

 

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Save Tassie's Forests: Virtual Action

Be part of our virtual rally with many guest speakers all telling Tasmania's 'Premier for Climate Change', Peter Gutwein to stop this public policy madness.

April 8 2020 is when 356 000 hectares of forests that should be in reserves become available for logging. These forests, called Future Potential Production Forests by the Tasmanian Liberal Government, have been in a moratorium since 2012.

Tasmania and the rest of the world needs forests to stay intact for climate, wildlife, environment and society.

Read more about the event on our website by clicking here.

You can join us by registering for our Virtual Action https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KUcwlTONRCuOJuM9Ax2Cmg

This event will be a zoom 'rally' with guest speakers sharing about the values of the Tasmanian forests, the actions you can be involved in and a stand together (virtually) to say save Tassie's Forests.

 

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Native forest logging of Wentworth Hills – Update, March

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 protesting this logging exposed the destruction that is out of sight and out of mind , bringing it 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.

Seven forest defenders were arrested, including one young forest defender who was kept in remand overnight due to being deemed a flight risk by Tasmania Police.

One area of forest that protests were held during three days of action was 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.

We are calling for protection of all native forests.

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.

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Native Forest Logging – Wentworth Hills

 

Two forest defenders were arrested today in Tasmania protesting against the logging of old growth forests nearby to Lake St Clair.

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.

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.

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Bob Brown Foundation supports Oldina residents concerns about impacts of logging on their community

 

Bob Brown Foundation supports Oldina residents concerns about impacts of logging on their community

Today the Bob Brown Foundation has responded to a request for assistance from members of the Oldina community in the face of imminent logging of 'The Last Stand'.

'The Last Stand' remains the only patch of public native forest in a sea of plantations in the region and is vital to the conservation of wildlife relying on this remnant forest.

"We have been moved by this call for help from this small regional community facing down the juggernaut of the native forest logging industry, and we will stand with these brave people", said Campaigner Scott Jordan.

We join with the people of Oldina in their call to halt the destruction of these forests which are so important to the local people here. Sus Timbers Tasmania should be listening to the pleas from Oldina to not begin logging there," said Mr Jordan.

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Ten forest defenders are protesting today in the Wentworth Hills region of Tasmania

Two people are locked onto logging machinery today in old growth forests where logging is happening out of sight and these brave defenders are bringing this shameful forest loss into the spotlight.

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,” Dr Lisa Searle, volunteer with the Bob Brown Foundation said.

Read our media statement here: bobbrown.org.au/mr_20032020

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Forest Defender held in remand overnight as protests continue in Tasmania forest

A forest defender will appear in Hobart’s magistrate court this morning after spending last night on remand. Three people were arrested yesterday after a protest in Tasmania’s Wentworth Hills region, where old growth logging destruction is heating the planet and removing critical wildlife habitat from the landscape.

Meanwhile, protests continue this morning in the contentious logging area, one person is in a tree-sit and another is attached to a logging machine in the Wentworth Hills.

“Wentworth Hills is the site of Tasmania's largest-scale logging destruction. More than 2770 hectares of extensive eucalyptus native forests are scheduled to be destroyed over the next two years on the Tasmanian Central Plateau. No native forests should be lost to logging at this critical time of the planet’s climate emergency. We are calling for protection of all native forests to benefit the climate, wildlife and Tasmania's economy,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

Climate activist Marco Bellemo was arrested yesterday after defending old growth forests from a tree-sit, he was remanded in custody overnight after being deemed a ‘flight risk’ by Tasmania Police.

“It is outrageous that a climate activist who has been peacefully tree-sitting in Tasmania’s threatened forests is deemed a flight risk. Marco Bellemo has travelled to Tasmania to join the Bob Brown Foundation campaigns. He rode his bike from Devonport to Marrawah and ran in the takayna 22 ultra-trail marathon and then took a brave stand in the ancient forests of Wentworth Hills to take climate action,” Jenny Weber said.

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Native Forest Logging, Dr Lisa Searle – Wentworth Hills, Tasmania

 

Dispatch from a tree-sit, Dr Lisa Searle has been arrested today out of this tall eucalyptus tree in the Wentworth Hills region of Tasmania's Central Plateau.

“Wentworth Hills is the site of Tasmania's largest-scale logging destruction. More than 2770 hectares of extensive eucalyptus native forests are scheduled to be destroyed over the next two years on the Tasmanian Central Plateau. No native forests should be lost to logging at this critical time of the planet’s climate emergency. We are calling for protection of all native forests to benefit the climate, wildlife and Tasmania's economy,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

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