We are peacefully occupying threatened forests in ancient forests in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine.  These Gondwanan rainforests and tall eucalyptus forests are threatened by a new logging road this Spring / Summer. 

Located south-west of the popular and iconic Sumac Lookout overlooking the Arthur River. This very old Myrtle and Eucalyptus forest is an integral part of the Sumac catchment forest ecosystem, extending southward into core rainforest of the Tarkine and are habitat for the endangered Tasmanian Devil.  If logged the timber from these ancient forests will supply the controversial Malaysian timber company Ta Ann and the majority will be woodchipped.

 

 

Proposed logging of these ancient forests can be halted. We are calling on all federal and state political leaders, including Premier Hodgman and Opposition Leader Rebecca White, to commit to permanent protection of takayna / Tarkine in a National Park, listed for its World Heritage values and returned to Aboriginal ownership.  While we wait for political leadership, we will occupy these forests in a peaceful vigil aiming to prevent their loss to logging.

Join our blockade and help defend the ancient takayna / Tarkine rainforests from being flattened and burnt.

 

 

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Sumac Defenders Camp is back!

Our Tarkine Defenders blockade is back in place in the threatened Sumac forests.  The ancient rainforest and old growth eucalyptus are still threatened by a proposed logging road.  Today, our Tarkine campaigner, Scott Jordan has moved back in with volunteers. 

 

 

We have been peacefully defending these forests since September 2018 and had to evacuate on the 2nd of February due to a bushfire nearby. The fire is out and there are no threats to the citizens at this camp.

You can join this blockade camp and participate in this peaceful protest by contacting our Campaign Manager Jenny Weber, 0427 366 929 or jenny@bobbrown.org.au

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Sumac Blockade Temporarily Evacuated due to Bushfires

Our Tarkine forest blockade has evacuated due to a bushfire.

For almost five months, our Sumac forest blockade camp has successfully prevented the logging of these ancient Gondwanan rainforests. On Thursday afternoon a helicopter with a water bucket was observed by our campaigner, Scott Jordan, flying over camp and dropping water nearby. Sustainable Timbers Tasmania sent an email to our campaigners at 4:30pm informing them that a lightning strike had started a fire 1km from the blockade camp in remote forest south of Keppel Creek. Our staff and volunteers were out of the camp to a safe location soon after.

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They say that we will protect only what we love - by Matt Jones

They say that we will protect only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.

 

 

The Tarkine in North Western Tasmania had been on the peripheral of my vision for some time.

My girlfriend, Calandra, encouraged me to visit the Sumac Blockade so that I could see for myself the grandeur of the forests and the result of the clear fell logging taking place.

 

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Day 115 on the Sumac Camp – by Scott Jordan

Day 115 on the Sumac Camp is a rare day to relax. We set up the ‘force-field’ this morning. Thirty metres of insect-proof mesh have arrived to keep the summer march flies at bay. There is an indescribable joy in, for the first time in days, not having a horde of March flies attempting to enter every facial orifice.

 

We’ve had a solid flow of visitors over the December and January period, and the lull in traffic today has allowed me a brief moment to take a breath. The Ghost Fungi are finished for now. The luminescence of their other-worldy green glow created a lot of excitement over the week that they put on their show, but we’ll now have to wait until next season for the encore. But that doesn’t mean the Tarkine is done giving out her surprises. One of our team took advantage of warm summer nights and took a nocturnal stroll on the trail from camp to Keppel Creek. She was rewarded with an experience of glow worms in the rainforest along the creek edge. There is beauty everywhere you turn in the Tarkine.

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Three tensile tree tents – by Steve Pearce

Sumac is setup as an ultra sweet forest playground at the moment with 3 tensile tree tents setup for people to sleep in. These tree tents are accessible from the ground too, so anyone can enjoy a night suspended. During January we took in a mad keen group of young highliners who wanted to setup a tree to tree highline (tightrope) and we thought… why not! We met up with the crew at the Sumac blockade Camp and had some real fun in the trees over the 3 days.

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8 Nights at the Sumac Defenders Camp – Tania Wilby

Arrive in camp to find Kasey has returned from NSW and is planning on moving to Tassie, lucky Sumac camp. Clair has also returned and has been spending quite along time on and off here, she has a friend with her Dave a Canadian who is living up north Queensland, Clair will be missed when she leaves Tassie.

The weather is heating up and we take it in turns to go swimming at the Arthur river at the bridge, which is only a 5 minute drive or a 15 mintue walk down the steep track just near camp. Also we take turns to visit the rainforest and our newly named creek called the defenders creek, we had a few names picked out but most have already been taken.

A family of 4 call in and share their lunch with us after returning from a walk to Defenders Creek.

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Four nights at Sumac camp. A snapshot. – by Tania Johnson

I pick Esther up from Devonport, a young German woman who is exploring Tassie wilderness.  Late in 2018, Esther and her friend Kasey called into the camp by accident on their travels to the Tarkine.  Esther took up carving and whittling the dead myrtle tree left by the logging industry to rot.

 

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1017th person arrested at the Franklin blockade visits our Sumac blockade

 

Mrs Rafferty was the 1017th person to be arrested at the Franklin blockade and visited our Sumac blockade leaving us all an encouraging message of support and defiance.

 

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Media Release: Tasmanian Premier can be the Tarkine Santa or Christmas Grinch

Conservationists have been camped in a Tarkine threatened rainforest for the past three months and have today sent Premier Hodgman a Christmas card offering him the opportunity to be a world leader on environmental and climate action in 2019. 

“We are calling on the Tasmanian Premier to protect takayna / Tarkine and be the Tarkine Santa, though we are afraid he will be the Tarkine Christmas Grinch and leave it to the logging industry who want to destroy the carbon rich native forests and ancient rainforests around Tasmania, including in the Tarkine,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

 

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