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September 29, 2022

Another tree-sitter stops logging in Ellis State Forest

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The banner reads: ‘Fight for our lives’.

This action adds to weeks of community pressure in forests near Coffs Harbour, where individuals have locked onto the harvester on separate occasions stopping work, and large groups of people have been walking into the forest during logging operations forcing a stop to the destruction.

A spokesperson for the action said, ‘We know the value of forests when they are left un-logged. We know that healthy eco-systems are imperative to our survival on this heating planet. We must fight for all remaining forest because we are fighting for our lives.

Sign at base of tree-sit this morning. Bellingen Activist Network.

‘There is a groundswell of people ready to take these sorts of non-violent direct actions, pushing us ever closer to the ending of logging of these publicly owned native forests.

‘Join the movement, get involved in your local direct action group.’


Ellis State Forest was identified as being core habitat for one of the largest populations of koalas on the North Coast.

The Bellingen Activist Network is concerned that the Forestry Corporation of NSW is continuing to log native forests in the midst of an extinction crisis, pushing species like koalas and greater gliders towards a point of no return.

The recently released State of the Environment report demonstrates that Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent, and has one of the highest rates of species decline in the world. More than 100 Australian species have been listed as either extinct or extinct in the wild, with loss of habitat listed as one of the key drivers.

Recently, there have been allegations of logging breaches in Ellis State Forest and nearby Wild Cattle Creek State Forest. In July, FCNSW were prosecuted for over $285,600 in fines and costs imposed by the Land and Environment Court for illegally logging a Koala High Use Area, rainforest and a rainforest buffer in Wild Cattle Creek State Forest in 2018.

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  1. This literally makes no sense. They could simply move the equipment 100m over and keep working. Why would someone up a tree in the middle of nowhere stop anything? Someone is lying here. This is how you are programmed people. They are going to suggest a ‘solution’ to this ‘problem’ and whatever it is will be something you would have disagreed with before they conditioned you to accept it via this emotional propaganda.

    Ask yourself, why would they leave a perfect tree in the open with a machine perfectly placed either side to frame the photo, both pointing towards the camera, with a stack of preprocessed logs close enough to get in frame? Why is the logging company helping like that? What is actually going on here? This keeps happening.

    • Christian Wow ! You’re so right .
      Obviously it is a global conspiracy and certainly involved are Forestry NSW , the logging company and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Attenborough brothers are in it up to their necks.
      It’s obvious when you put it so well, how else would these knuckle- draggers in forest destruction, know how to park their lethal ecosystem annihilation machines just where the photo would be taken ?
      They have been coached, these half-wits wouldn’t have the sense to get in out of the rain, and are obviously incapable of performing any decent profession. and then miraculously they are capable of dramatically framing the exact spot where these conscientious heros are holding their banner of mind-control and “emotional propaganda”, while encapsulating the mindless environmental catestrophe that is Forestry NSW.
      Exactly Christian , why on Earth would they leave a TREE ? ! !

      • Never under estimate what people will do for money, or how sneaky clever people can be.
        Always look for what should be there and isn’t. In this case, I keep seeing photos of different ‘actions’ where there is always a photogenic angle. Reality is not stage managed, quite often you can’t get a good ‘story telling’ shot unless you have control of the scene. I’m not saying I would disagree with whatever was trying to be achieved by any deception. But I know the signs of a possible Psy-Op when I see them. If something is too good to be true, a wise man starts scrutinising it. It could just be a coincidence. Sometimes when a coin is tossed ten times, it always comes up heads, but conspiracy theorists like me will ask to inspect the coin.

      • Ken, your “I wouldn’t be surprised if the Attenborough brothers are in it up to their necks.” – what a hoot, one for the ages.

        • Boaty McBoatface was funnier, and a good example of how modern democracy works in practice, just out in the open where everyone could see it..


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