Forest defenders up against loggers in Tasmanian national park

Ten forest defenders are in Tasmania’s wild and scenic forests today, 20 May, to highlight the urgent need to end the destruction of remnant, wildlife-filled ecosystems. They have halted cable-logging on the north slopes below Mount Field National Park, an hour-and-a-half northwest of Hobart.

One protester is perched on top of a cable-logging machine.

“Cable-logging these steep slopes strips them to bare earth. The forest is home to endangered wedge-tailed eagles and has two nests for these mighty species, Australia’s largest bird of prey,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“Premier Peter Gutwein gave the loggers free rein to continue smashing Tasmania’s wild forests through this pandemic time, calling this destruction ‘essential’ work while locking up the forests from the public. Tasmania has more plantations than required to meet all its essential wood needs.

“This logging is not essential, but the native forests are – for the survival of species and mitigation of the impacts of this climate emergency,” Dr Lisa Searle said on-site.

“During this pandemic, we have done the right thing for the community and stayed home, but the loggers kept going. We have returned to put a spotlight on the loss of Tasmania’s precious forests. We are a voice for the forests and will continue to keep the public informed on what is happening to their forests,” she said.

“There can be better jobs managing the forests for carbon storage and responsive roles in this age of a climate emergency such as elite fire-fighters,” Jenny Weber said.

“World experts have warned of even more deadly and destructive disease outbreaks unless the destruction of the natural world is halted. Tasmania should follow New Zealand’s lead by protecting all native forests,” she said.

Ryan Fritz

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