Bob Brown Foundation Media Alert 22 June 2017
Tasmania’s Tarkine threatened forests will be the setting for climbers to kick off the Big Canopy Campout this Friday. Bob Brown Foundation are joining a global effort to support protection of the world’s threatened forests.
What: Big Canopy Campout
Where: Frankland River conservation camp Tarkine Tasmania
When: Friday 23 June – Sunday 25 June
“Our conservation camp in the ancient forests of Tasmania’s Tarkine has been a great success in stalling Forestry Tasmania’s proposed logging of endangered species’ habitat. Since February, when the logging was due to start, more than 100 citizens have camped in the forests on the banks of the Frankland River and given temporary protection to these forests. Our camp will wrap up next week as the Wedge-tailed Eagle breeding season begins and an exclusion zone is in place from the 1st July until the 10th February, preventing logging. The endangered Wedge-tailed Eagles have intact Frankland River forests for their juvenile to explore, thanks to the efforts of citizens defending the forests from logging,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
The Big Canopy Campout is about celebrating the beauty and diversity of forests and valuing them through adventure, supporting the World Land Trust, an international charity working with local people to protect forested land from destruction and conversion to agriculture. This year’s inaugural Canopy Campout will be raising money to purchase critically threatened rainforest in North-East Borneo.
Long-time forest campaigner, Dr Lisa Searle will be camping in the Tarkine canopy for this event.
"I am really looking forward to spending the night up in the canopy of the spectacular Frankland River forests with a whole group of fellow activists. We will be connected to each other and to our crew on the ground and plan to share food, messages and treats between our different platforms," Dr Searle said.
"Waking up in the canopy of a forest is an unforgettable experience and I am excited about sharing this with so many other climbers, both here in Tasmania and around the globe. We will be documenting the experience in this threatened forest canopy, especially around sunrise and sunset, and these images and videos will be shared with the Big Canopy Campout community and these Tarkine forests will have a global audience," Dr Searle said.
“With 39 canopy campouts across the globe, in Europe, North and South America, Japan, Taiwan, China and New Zealand, our Tarkine canopy campout will expose the looming threat of logging to ancient forests and support communities across the globe who call for urgent action to halt and reverse the worldwide trend of increasing threats to the world’s forests,” Jenny Weber said.
Joint Media Release - Conservationists slam Tasmanian Government's $450,000 forestry propaganda commitment
Joint Media Release Bob Brown Foundation & Save the Tarkine 26 May 2017
Bob Brown Foundation and Save the Tarkine have condemned the Tasmanian Government's budget pledge to spend $450,000 over two years on propaganda promoting forestry. The conservation groups have criticised the $4 million total over four years to Tasmania’s logging industry as more taxpayers money after bad.
"What logical argument can there be for spending more taxpayer money on propaganda defending a native forest logging sector that already costs the Tasmanian taxpayer tens of millions of dollars every year in Forestry Tasmania losses", said Save the Tarkine Campaign Coordinator, Scott Jordan.
"After failed attempts at securing Forest Stewardship Council certification and years of losses, the taxpayer would be better served by ending the farce that is native forest logging in Tasmania".
“Tasmanian taxpayers have spent far too much valuable funds on the broken logging industry. Monies allocated in this budget to the loggers would be better spent on health, education and managing our globally significant forest reserves. Tasmanians who are fed up with funding the logging of magnificent native forests like the rainforests of the Tarkine are being asked to not only fund the ever growing losses, but to fund the government's propaganda campaign to try and make us feel better about it”, Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
"This smells like a blatant attempt to provide ongoing subsidies to a broken industry, smokescreen appalling logging practices in Tasmania’s unique forests and give the Liberal Party a leg up in an election year,” Ms Weber said.
Mr Jordan and Ms Weber also questioned the announcements that the government will spend a further $300,000 to "undertake analysis of the socio-economic impacts in the Forest Practices System", and $1 million on "the strategic marketing of Tasmanian forestry products".
"The Forest Practices system should be about managing forests, and attempts to further weaken it will only damage attempts to achieve FSC certification", said Mr Jordan.
"What is needed in Tasmania is an immediate transition out of industrial scale logging of native forests. It is not the job of government to find customers for a last century industry with a failed business model. If you can't sell it, don't cut it", said Ms Weber.
Further information: Jenny Weber 0427 366 929
Media Alert 24 May 2017
Bob Brown Foundation is holding two morning vigil protests tomorrow. In Hobart and Melbourne citizens will hold vigils to mark 100 days peaceful occupation in forests threatened by logging that flank the Frankland river in Tasmania’s Tarkine.
The Foundation will be calling on Federal Environment Minister Frydenberg and Premier Hodgman to provide National Park protection for the Tarkine.
HOBART – Executive Building, 15 Murray St, 8.15 - 9am
MELBOURNE – Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s office, 695 Burke Road, Camberwell, 8 - 9am
“Over the past 100 days, over 120 members of the community have participated in a vigil camp occupying and defending two proposed logging coupes in the Frankland River area of the Tarkine.
Citizens have spent this time documenting the outstanding natural values of this area, with wildlife cameras, visits with experts and audio call-back equipment surveys have recorded the presence of rare species like the giant freshwater crayfish and spotted-tailed Quoll, and endangered species including the Tasmanian masked owl and Tasmanian devil in these threatened forests.
Logging of this wildlife rich habitat was scheduled to begin in February 2017, these ancient forests are still standing and we look forward to secure and permanent protection before they are lost to logging,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
High resolution photographs available on request.
Photograph attached of one of the healthy Tasmanian Devils inside the proposed logging areas, recorded using wildlife sensor cameras.
Jenny Weber 0427 366 929