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Wildfire forces exit from Observer Tree in Tasmania, campaign continues

11 Mar

On Thursday March 7, Miranda Gibson reluctantly left her perch high up in the Observer Tree in Southern Tasmania, after 449 days, as a wildfire burned to within a kilometre and it became clear that predicted hot weather early next week could precipitate an emergency situation in the remote forest.

Smoke was filling the Tyenna Valley and the sounds of crashing trees could be heard nearby as the wildfire grew from 3 hectares on Wednesday to 40 hectares by the time Miranda descended on Thursday, with the fire currently unable to be contained.  Continue reading

Wave of protests “sink” super trawlers off the coast of Tasmania

12 Sep

“People power” has sunk the planned operations of the super trawler Abel Tasman, formerly known as FV Margiris. Photo from The Mercury

What started as a ripple of concern over the pending arrival of a super trawler to be based in Devonport, Tasmania, soon became “a wave of outrage,” according to an article today in the Mercury.

Tasmanian fishermen started the murmur of discontent over the plans for one company and its massive ship to be able to take 18,000 tonnes of jack mackerel and redbait out of the fishery. Yesterday, the trawler was put on hold indefinitely.

Concerns about by-catch such as seals, dolphins and sea birds were raised, along with worries that local fish stocks would be depleted as the super trawler made its way through a 3.2 million sq km fishing zone.

There have been protests and flotillas, and more than 55,000 people signed a petition against the super trawler.

Opposition to the super trawler plans came from a very broad cross-section of the community. Recreational fishers, commercial fishers, conservationists, state and federal politicians and members of the public joined forces against the massive ship.

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Film on: The cycle of Tasmania’s forest destruction

21 Jun

With Markets For Change, The Last Stand, JATAN Japan Tropical Forest Action Network, and The ObserverTree, Huon Valley Environment Centre has released this film that shows the cycle of destruction in Tasmania’s forests, this is still happening today. This footage was recently filmed. See the website here;  And the films here;  And in Japanese for the first time in the Tasmanian forest campaign, an alliance of groups have produced a film with a Japanese voiceover found here

Tasmania’s forests defense groups ramp up protest action

25 Jul

By Danielle McKay

For full article go here

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.

For further coverage go here

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.

Two Conservationists Arrested in Tasmanian Tree Sit, Clearcutting, Resistance Continues

22 Mar


March,21–Two conservationists have been arrested this evening in Tasmania’s far south, after spending twelve hours perched in tree sits. The tree sits made up two blockades that were situated on the Peak Rivulet rd, and prevented logging in three high conservation value forests today,” Huon Valley Environment Centre’s Jenny Weber said.

On the next day the Huon Valley Environment Centre began conducting a walk in on logging operations at West Wellington. 15 Conservationists walked in to an old growth logging area in the West Wellington region of Tasmania’s southern forests.

“These forests that are being logged every day in the West Wellington were started during the three month phase out period from December to March. If the State Government had acted to implement a progressive moratorium and no new logging roads were permitted after the 15 December, these high conservation value forests would have been saved,” Huon Valley Environment Centre’s Jenny Weber said.

“Conservation values of the forests that the community has walked in to today, include endangered species habitat and water catchment for the Judds Creek community. The ongoing loss of unique old growth forests is due to the State Government prioritising timber barons with wood supply security rather than rural communities who are asking for their livelihoods, health and environment are protected,” Jenny Weber said.

“A large tract of unlogged and unroaded forest was defended today by thirty five campaigners. Huon Valley Environment Centre is committed to an ongoing campaign to stand up for the rapidly vanishing ancient forests in southern Tasmania. There is an urgent need to protect these endangered species habitats and valuable wild forests,” Jenny Weber said.

Visit www.nativeforest.net for more about Tasmanian forest defense

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.