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Tasmania’s forests defense groups ramp up protest action

25 Jul

By Danielle McKay

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Tasmanian Still Wild Still Threatened activists scaled Parliament House in Canberra yesterday in protest at Sunday’s Heads of Agreement signing and have pledged to continue action.

Huon Valley Environment Centre also vowed to continue non-violent actions yesterday, including illegally boarding woodchip ships, chaining protesters to forestry equipment, blocking roads with tripods, and community walk-ins.

Environment centre spokeswoman Jenny Weber said the agreement failed to offer immediate protection to high conservation areas because verification of the final 430,000ha would take months. Ms Weber said it also fell well short of protecting the initial 572,000ha that conservation groups identified as high-conservation-value forests.

“We will be maintaining our vigilance and will continue to engage in non-violent action until the forests are protected as promised,” she said.

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Police arrest Forest Defenders in Tasmania, Solidarity Actions in Melbourne & Bunbury Australia

25 Mar

The Earth First Journal! stands in solidarity with the actions taking place in Tasmania and Australia against the destruction of the wild!

About 20 protesters from the Huon Valley Environment Centre were involved in the demonstration at the Ta Ann office in Davey Street.

One protester tried to force his way into the office before being arrested.

More police arrived and other protesters were arrested for refusing to leave.

Two protesters have also been arrested after staging a demonstration within the roof of Forestry Tasmania’s Hobart headquarters.

The pair scaled the atrium to hang a banner calling for an immediate moratorium on logging of specified high conservation value forests.

After several hours of refusing to budge, the Still Wild Still Threatened demonstrators were removed from the building by police.

Click here for photos of all the actions, from Tasmania to Australia.

MEDIA RELEASE:

Media Release – 25 March 2011

“Today, the non violent stand for Tasmania’s forests spread across the CBD of Hobart.  Protests were held to target the State Government, Forestry Tasmania and Malaysian logging giant Ta Ann,” Huon Valley Environment Centre’s Jenny Weber said.

“Two conservationists have been arrested after climbing in the Forestry Tasmania headquarters, holding a banner calling for a moratorium now. Four conservationists were arrested after trying to enter the Ta Ann head office in Hobart.  And a strong show of support at the forest vigil at the Executive Building, with 100 people attending the last day of a successful ten day campaign organised by Huon Valley Environment Centre and Still Wild Still Threatened,” Jenny Weber said

“Our organisations are committed to continuing the campaign to call for the immediate protection of all native forests in Tasmania. Including a moratorium on the globally significant high conservation value forests and a swift transition out of native forest logging in Tasmania,” Jenny Weber said.

“Two conservationists who were arrested today remain in custody waiting to appear in court at 7:30pm tonight,” Jenny Weber said.

Tasmania: Enviros Scramble to Defend Ancient Forests

15 Mar

Members of Still Wild Still Threatened and the Huon Valley Environment Centre protest outside the Executive Building this morning. Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES

FOREST protest groups have slammed the axing of a moratorium due to start today that would have halted all logging in Tasmania’s high-conservation-value forests.

The Still Wild Still Threatened organisation and the Huon Valley Environment Centre held demonstrations outside the Executive Building in Hobart this morning, calling for the promised moratorium to be implemented immediately.

Huon Valley Environment Centre spokesperson Jenny Weber said the deal agreed to last week by the three environment groups engaged in the forest peace talks did not protect Tasmania’s ancient forests.

Mediator Bill Kelty announced last Friday that 550,000 hectares of public HCV forest identified by environmental groups would be protected for the next six months.

But the deal allows Forestry Tasmania to log these forests if necessary to meet existing wood supply contracts with customers such as Gunns and local sawmillers.

Ms Weber called the arrangement a “fake moratorium”.

Protestors climbed the historic wall in front of the Executive Building and erected a banner, accusing Premier Lara Giddings and Forestry Minister Bryan Green of “executing our forests”.

Ms Weber called the lack of a definite end to logging within the three-month time frame established last October – in the original roundtable Statement of Principles agreement between environmentalists and the forest industry – a “huge bungle”.

“This is not a moratorium, it’s not even a B-Grade moratorium,” Ms Weber said.

“We feel betrayed that HCV forests continue to be logged. That’s not what the state and federal governments promised last December.”

Ms Weber said her organisation stood by Environment Tasmania, the Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation groups that had signed the latest deal.

But she said that did not mean the Huon Valley Environment Centre or Still Wild Still Threatened, supported their decision.

“They’re representing forest protection but have different tactics and strategies to us,” Ms Weber said.

“So while we support them being engaged in these talks, we are deeply concerned there is no moratorium and can’t support the Kelty [agreement].”

Greens leader Nick McKim said it was disappointing no absolute moratorium had come into force today, on the expected March 15 deadline for logging to end in more than 600,000 hectares of HCV forests.

“It’s not a full moratorium and while you are still logging, it could be argued you don’t have a moratorium at all,” Mr McKim said.

The Greens have also demanded the Government advise if Forestry Tasmania has in the past three months signed any new wood supply contracts using native forest logs or woodchips.

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