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[Update: 10.30am] A group of 10–15 ‘forest protectors’ have blocked the entrance of loggers into a private property at Whian Whian where protesters were arrested on Wednesday.

The protectors have placed logs over Whian Whian Road where it meets the driveway to an adjoining property, which they had be using for access.

A local resident, Patrick Tatam, who was on the scene this morning told Echonetdaily the owner of the track had withdrawn consent for Forestry Corporation vehicles to use.

A number of forestry workers and about four vehicles are waiting to access the site, where old-growth blackbutt is being harvested despite the known presence of at least four endangered species on or close to the site.

Actions have been ongoing there for the last week.

Echonetdaily understands the police have been called and are on their way to the scene.

Mr Tatam said the loggers, who are driving utes branded Forestry Corporation, are telling them they are breaking the law.

‘The police will probably see them through the gate but they are going to be met some way up the road by another group of protesters,’ he said around 10.30 this morning.

The scene at Whian Whian Road this morning (Friday September 20), where forest protectors have blocked the entrance of forestry vehicles. Photo Patrick Tatam
The scene at Whian Whian Road this morning (Friday September 20), where forest protectors have blocked the entrance of forestry vehicles. Photo Patrick Tatam


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  1. Those naughty little forest protectors and their wicked wallaby tactics, scurrying about in the bush, hiding in trees, interfering with the work of forest destroyers … what a rascally bunch are those forest protectors.

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