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.