Bob Brown Foundation is celebrating the success of 2018/19 Sumac protest camp in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine which has prevented the destruction of one area of ancient rainforests by logging after peacefully occupying the threatened forests since September 2018.
Tasmania’s state logging agency has informed the Foundation that no forest operations will commence before winter, allowing us a reprieve to regroup and organise for the 2019/20 field campaign.
We peacefully occupied threatened forests in ancient forests in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine thoughout 2018/19 Spring, Summer and Autumn. These Gondwanan rainforests and tall eucalyptus forests are threatened by a new logging road.
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.
I arrive in takayna / Tarkine. The Sumac defenders camp has now been in place for 165 days, blockading a proposed road in the heart of this ancient forest. I am greeted by Rose. Rose who is from England has returned to the Tarkine to help, Rose was part of the first defenders camp at the Frankland river. Gareth who is from Wales and travelling around Tassie has come to spend couple days at camp, he is gathering firewood and cooking dinner, vegie kebabs on the fire.
Lisa, Erik, Tim and Laura arrive, so that means tree climbing.
Lisa and Erik set up lines in "Jesse tree" a giant stringy bark we named it after a Tarkine defender who passed away. Greens Senator Nick Mckim, his staffer Amanda Sully and Steve and his friends Megan and Zoe arrive. It is raining so we all pitch in to get their tents set up quickly. Nick is planning on climbing Jesse Tree in the morning and doing some media while up in the top of the canopy. Scott is busy making pizza's for the hoards. Some backpackers From France and Texas also join in for the pizza feast.
Greens Senator Nick McKim, volunteer climber Lisa Searle and Amanda Sully in Sumac forestRead more
I picked Kasey up from the bus at Smithton. It was so hot that we decided to do a detour to Stanely for a swim at the beach, then headed to camp refreshed. Scott has placed animal print flags along the side of the road at camp so it looks like an embassy for threatened species. In a way, it is as we are trying to also save these animals and their home.
After a two week fire-evacuated absence, we are back in the Sumac camp. Fortunately, the fire near the camp was kept to less than a hectare causing minimal damage. Our thanks to the firefighters who were so quick to action. Not so lucky were areas in the in the Rapid River, Lynch Hill and Huskisson River areas where over 3000 hectares of takayna have burned.Read more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more