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.