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.




In late June 2020 Bob Brown Foundation held a Esperance Forests Defenders occupation in an area threatened by logging behind Dover, in Tasmania's south.

Twenty people occupied the forests with tree-sits scattered through the canopy and ground-based flora and fauna survey sites.

"The fact that these native forests are threatened by logging is exactly why native forest logging needs to end in Tasmania. They are rich in wildlife, are contiguous with the current World Heritage Area and contain large tracts of old growth forests," Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“We have documented a range of species in the area including endangered Spotted-tailed Quolls on fauna cameras and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. These forests have great stands of ancient hollow-bearing trees which are slated to be logged. This is a globally rare climate storehouse, contiguous with pristine tracts of World Heritage forests,” Bob Brown Foundation Action Organiser Erik Hayward said.



The high value old growth forest that is contiguous with the TWWHA is named EP021C by Suss Timber Tasmania.  Shockingly the logging plan states that ‘harvesting’ of approximately 2000 manferns will be permitted within the coupe.  Logging in forest adjacent to these forests in EP021B was an encroachment into this region of intact forest in 2008 when it was partially logged and then again in 2010 when the rest of the coupe was logged.  Forest defenders with the Huon Valley Environment Centre protested the logging of EP021B and lobbied for this EP021C be added to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and it was omitted from protection due to logging industry pressure.

The vast majority of this coupe is mapped as old growth forest.  Emergent Eucalyptus trees hundreds of years in age were observed above a well-established rainforest canopy characterized by a variety of Tasmanian cool temperate rainforest species. A road was built into these forests a couple of years ago in preparation for logging.  Any logging in this forest at all would impact on old growth forest.

Citizen Science group Forestry Watch conducted a survey in these forests in late 2019 and reported the forest with large hollow bearing trees is ideal habitat for the Masked Owl and potentially Swift Parrots.  It is within 10km of large area of Swift Parrot feeding habitat. Observations of masked owl, Tasmanian devil, spotted-tailed quoll, swift parrot, Mt Mangana stag beetle found within 5km of EP021C – recorded on the Natural Values Atlas.  Forest type is high density tall Obliqua, celery top and old myrtles, sassafras, very old leatherwoods. Eucalyptus obliqua wet forest over rainforest. The coupe contained some notably large rainforest trees, including Myrtle of 127cm and 97cm diameter and leatherwoods (Eucrythia lucida) of more than 50cm diameter, with one of 88cm.



Bob Brown Foundation campaigners and volunteers surveyed these spotted-tailed quolls in the threatened forests.



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  • Daniela Rouse
    commented 2020-10-01 20:34:58 +1000
    Wake up Bob,
    Trees are awesome. Timber is awesome. Cut down a tree , plant a tree. The perfect carbon capture and storage.
    You can’t see the forest for the trees.