Tarkine Forest Protest Continues

Media Release 26 Feb 2017


Bob Brown Foundation's campaign for protection of threatened forests on the banks of the Tarkine's Frankland River maintains pressure on Premier Hodgman and Federal Environment Minister Frydenberg  with the treesit and forest camp continuing.

Conservationist Dr Lisa Searle, who has been in the treesit for the past week in the threatened forests has been replaced by a new treesitter.  Jess Rettig has climbed up into the treesit this morning, Jess is a University of Tasmania Zoology and Plant Science student.

"These Tarkine forests are the stronghold of not only all life but that of more than one Tasmanian endangered species. Intact forests and ancient Gondwanan forest has become so rare that is should be treated as such," Jess Rettig said.

"In Hobart on Friday we had 130 people protest this logging out the front of Premier Hodgman's office, and in Melbourne, community members delivered hundreds of signed letters to Environment Minister Frydenberg. We are building our campaign with the aim for Forestry Tasmania to back off the logging and the Government provide secure protection for these forests and the Tarkine in a National Park," Bob Brown Foundation's campaign manager, Jenny Weber said.

Photo: Michael Dempsey

"Each night while the camp has been in place, an Endangered Masked Owl has been recorded. Our fauna cameras have captured 3 healthy looking Tasmanian Devil indviduals so far, and all have been recorded deep in the proposed logging coupes,"  Jenny Weber said.

"Tasmanian Devils are vanishing elsewhere in Tasmania, while in these Frankland River forests the intact forests provide safe habitat. Logging these forests in the Tarkine for no gain has to be stopped," Jenny Weber said.

At this link are photographs from the Tarkine canopy vigil by Steven Pearce.


Attached: full resolution photograph of the third Tasmanian Devil recorded in the threatened logging coupes.

Jenny Weber 0427 366 929

Photo: Charles Chadwick


Photo: Charles Chadwick


Photo: Charles Chadwick


Photo: Michael Dempsey


Photo: Michael Dempsey


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