Media Release: Logging in cave country under Mt Field condemned. 1,000 Tree Ferns and huge eucalyptus to be cut out.

The Bob Brown Foundation is demanding a halt to logging in the Florentine Valley under Mt Field.

‘This 31 hectares coup is on karst country with sinkholes and logging there is illegal under Forest Practices Code guidelines. This is magnificent Eucalyptus obliqua forest. Many trees have diameters of more than 12 metres and some 17 metres. Protected, it would be a top tourism drawcard next to the Florentine Road. This forest contains rare and endangered species and, inevitably, glow worms and other cave biota,’ Bob Brown said today.

‘The minister has authorised 1,000 tree ferns to be ripped out of the coup: this beautiful forest is being obliterated for no good reason,’ Brown said.

‘I call on the Minister for Forests to make public his information on this karst country logging and how on Earth he decided it fits with the Forest Practices Code relating to karst protection. Because it doesn’t. Minister Barnett should produce the archaeological, geomorphological and zoological studies carried out in this fragile tall forest before logging began, if there are any,’ Brown said.

The logging coup, northwest of Maydena, abutts Lady Binney Forest Reserve which, in turn, borders the Mt Field National Park and World Heritage area

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The Gutwein government’s forest authority, Sustainable Timbers Tasmania, is firebombing logged forests to complete their utter destruction for a closing-down export industry the Bob Brown Foundation said today. The aim of the logging and aerial firebombing with napalm is to destroy any vestige of the natural forest and its wildlife habitat, to facilitate the fast-growing replacement crops for export.

“Perversely, the Gutwein government has removed everyone from national parks including the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area but urged the forest destroyers to carry on business-as-usual right next door. These are publicly-owned forests. The burning of nesting sites of the critically endangered Swift Parrot at DN007C is an abominable act,” the Foundation’s Jenny Weber said tonight.

The Tree Project’s Steven Pearce was climbing in forests within 1km of this coupe in late 2019 and had 8 swift parrots foraging in the same tree. During the logging, citizens staged a peaceful walk-in protest and documented these alarming old growth stumps from ancient eucalyptus trees. The timber from these forests was supplied to the controversial Malaysian logging giant, Ta Ann, which has now closed and put off its 36 workers due to collapsing markets.

Sus. Timbers Tasmania does advise people with respiratory problems affected by their smoke to take precautions or get help.

“Our Foundation launched an online email campaign yesterday for citizens to urge governments to call off these burns. In Tasmania and Victoria, Australia the governments are currently incinerating large quantities of logging waste and putting further stress on people during a global respiratory pandemic. We are urging both Governments to transfer the funds from post-logging firebombs to ventilators and stop wasting public money on this destruction,” Jenny Weber said.

“These burns are not essential services, they should be stopped for ecological, climate and economic reasons,” Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: 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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Media Release: Death of Elspeth Hope-Johnstone OA

Celebrated Tasmanian artist and photographer Elspeth Hope-Johnstone died this morning in Hobart at the age of 94.

Elspeth was a life-long promoter of education, women and the arts. Educated at Hobart's Friends School, she was appointed Director of Hobart's Lady Gowrie Child Centre in 1949 and in 1953 became the Tasmanian Supervisor of Pre-School Education.

Elspeth was a commissioner of the ABC, first chair of the Friends of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) and a life-long supporter of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She donated Tasmanian art and furniture, dating back to the 1820s, to public institutions including TMAG.

As Elspeth Vaughan, she was a founding member of Tasmania's watercolour school or Sunday Group of Painters which was at its height in the second half of the Twentieth Century.
Elspeth was influenced at the outset by her Launcestonian grandmother Mary Greig whose paintings, in particular still-lifes of flowers, were highly prized a century ago.

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Media Release: Protest continues in Tasmanian forest

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. Activists saw a Grey Goshawk in this same coupe only a few days ago. There are also significant amounts of large rainforest species including myrtle and sassafras in this coupe,” Dr Lisa Searle, volunteer with the Bob Brown Foundation said.

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Media Release: Two forest defenders arrested in Tasmanian protest

Two people were arrested today in a Tasmanian forest protest at Wentworth Hills on the Central Plateau.

“Old growth logging destruction across Tasmania is heating the planet and removing critical wildlife habitat from the landscape. The Wentworth Hills region has 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,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

Today's arrests follow three arrests yesterday including climate activist Marco Bellemo who was held in remand overnight and released today after pleading guilty to trespass.

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Media Release: Forest Defender held in remand overnight as protests continue in Tasmanian 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.

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Media Release: Australia’s native forests need urgent emergency conservation listing

Forest defenders are protesting today in the Wentworth Hills region of Tasmania to highlight the large-scale clearing that is still occurring in Tasmania’s native forests despite the vital role intact native forests play in mitigating climate change and slowing the rate of wildlife extinction.

Fourteen protesters are in an area currently being logged, one person is in a tree sit and two people attached to machines.

Bob Brown Foundation is calling on the Federal and State Governments to provide an emergency conservation listing to all native forests and stop their loss to logging, while forest defenders are conducting a forest saving protest in a remote region of Tasmania.

“Our Foundation is calling for an immediate, nationwide end to all native forest logging. Intact native forests store a considerable amount of carbon and continue to draw down carbon over time. Clearing of the native forests in Wentworth Hills and elsewhere in Tasmania is destroying habitat for rare and endangered species, at a time when there is a global extinction crisis,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“The Wentworth Hills region in western Tasmania is the site of the state’s largest scale logging destruction. Shockingly more than 2770 hectares of extensive eucalyptus native forests are scheduled to be destroyed over the next two years in the Wentworth Hills area. On the Tasmanian Central Plateau and adjacent to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, this highland region at the headwaters of the Derwent River is having vast tracts of native forests, including old growth ecosystems completely destroyed,” Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: takayna Ultra runs again through the wilds of Tasmania's North West

More than 120 runners set off today as part of the second takayna Ultra. The event's main goal is to help protect takayna / Tarkine in a World Heritage listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership. The event has attracted runners from across the country as well as a strong local Tasmanian contingent. Runners have helped raise more than $170,000 for the frontline campaign to takayna / Tarkine.

"takayna Ultra has grown in size and wildness from last year, with more than 120 runners crossing the finish line on the Tarkine coast. Participants had a great time along the wild coast with huge breakers and squalls of rain but not last years headwinds. This race is a great success, not only has it brought money into the North West coast but it will boost campaigning to protect the Tarkine.

It was wonderful to have three Australian Greens parliamentarians, Adam Bandt, Janet Rice and Peter Whish-Wilson greeting runners at the finish line," said Bob Brown.

“The runners in takayna Ultra are a prime example of conservation in action. They are directly raising funds for the campaign to protect this wild and incredibly beautiful place, they are experiencing its wonder directly and becoming instant ambassadors for the region as they tell friends and family about North West Tasmania's treasures.

Today's event is another great step in helping to save takayna / Tarkine from logging, mining and off-road vehicle damage. We are proud to have hosted such incredible people who are taking a stand for all our futures,” said Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager Bob Brown Foundation.

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Media Release: takayna Ultra set to have its second run, backed by world leading, sustainable and ethical sponsors

Our Foundation is looking forward to hosting our two running events 65km takayna ultra-marathon and takayna22 race this week on the takayna coastline. The annual trail run events raise money to support the Bob Brown Foundation campaign to have takayna / Tarkine protected as a World Heritage listed National Park and returned to Aboriginal ownership.

“It is our partner Patagonia and sponsors Paddy Pallin and Australian Ethical Investment who help make the takayna Ultra a roaring success.

Partnering with Patagonia catapults the Ultra and takayna / Tarkine, the ancient, wild and threatened place, into the international arena. Their unprecedented support for our Foundation’s campaign has taken the plight of takayna to the global stage. Hosting the 2020 takayna Ultra with Patagonia will broadcast the importance of protecting takayna to a global audience.

Sponsorship from Paddy Pallin and Australian Ethical add to the fact that the takayna Ultra has a truly sustainable and ethical footing with two of Australia's leading environmentally aware companies offering their support. Both Paddy Pallin and Australian Ethical bring their national reputation for doing good for the planet to the race.

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