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.



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  • Rosemary Glaisher
    commented 2019-05-14 19:30:33 +1000
    I’m not long back from a blissful few days in Sumac camp immersing in the rainforest. Get down there if you can. The defenders really need support this time of year when not many people are free from work or study. The middle of the year is the best time in takayna for waterfalls, streams, rivers and totally outrageous mushrooms and fungi!
  • Jenny Taylor
    commented 2019-03-02 09:08:38 +1100
    Such a magnificent area and so worthy of keeping for future generations and a healthy planet.
  • Celia Bolton
    commented 2019-01-31 15:35:11 +1100
    Thanks for your hospitality and enlightening us about the facts.
  • Carol Khan
    commented 2018-11-12 16:26:17 +1100
    Thank you for being there.
  • Benito Rigolino
    commented 2018-10-18 19:59:53 +1100
    Disturbing to say the least, heart wrenching, to see that someone would ‘mark’ the death of such a magnificent tree, and not only one!
    So not worth the plundering. Thank you for your actions. Save these trees!
  • Liz Arnaud
    commented 2018-09-27 22:53:37 +1000
    How can they cut these majestic trees down and destroy this precious ecosystem?? I’m there with you in spirit and hope that you can stand strong against the destructive forces. Thank you for being there.