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Logging in this coupe was commenced in February 2020 but was abandoned after a successful four day blockade by Bob Brown Foundation volunteers. The coupe has been rescheduled for logging this summer.

The Foundation is now asking that anyone who is able support the takayna/Tarkine Summer Blockade, ‘to prevent the destruction of this incredible forest’.

Campaigner Scott Jordan said, ‘The rainforests of takayna/Tarkine are one of the earth’s great treasures, abundant with wildlife such as the Tasmanian devil and spotted tailed quoll.

Tarkine Forest. Photo supplied.

‘They are also rich and essential carbon storehouses in the face of the climate emergency,’ he said.

‘Last summer we occupied the ground and took to the treetops to save this area of verified World Heritage value forest.

‘As we did then, we will stand with Tasmanians in defence of takayna/Tarkine’s ancient forests, their inhabitants, and their vital carbon stores,’ Mr Jordan said.

Logging coupe BO092C is the first in a series of coupes planned by Sus Timbers Tasmania in the Pieman River catchment.

The Bob Brown Foundation have requested you can’t physically be there on the frontline, you can show your support by making a tax-deductible donation.

Lost Falls forest

Lost Falls Forest. Photo supplied.

In other Tasmanian forest news, the logging machinery has been removed from the contentious Lost Falls area, where Bob Brown and five others were arrested recently.

A large section of the log pile on the site remains.

‘This is a respite for the Swift Parrots at the height of their breeding season,’ said Bob Brown, ‘even though some potential nesting trees for the parrot are now logs on the ground.’

After an earlier court hearing, Forestry Tasmanian trading as Sustainable Timber Tasmania agreed not to log in 19 potential Swift Parrot habitat coupes.

Discussion is under way to prevent logging in a further 31 coupes as a result of the recent hearing in the Federal court.

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