The Frankland River forests, takayna/Tarkine in North-West Tasmania, have been around for hundreds of millions of years. Home to masked owls and wedge-tailed eagles, thousands of years of Aboriginal heritage and the last area on the planet where there are healthy, disease-free populations of Tasmanian devils, it’s undoubtedly one of the world’s most spectacular places. But sadly, the clear-felling and burning of the Frankland River Forests is imminent.
365,000 hectares of Tasmania’s high conservation value forests were set aside for protection by the Tasmanian Forest Agreement four years ago, including the takanya/Tarkine, the Wielangta, the Blue Tier, the North-East Highlands, the Great Western Tiers and the forests on Bruny Island. But now the Liberals have rammed legislation through the Tasmanian lower house that will open up 365,000 hectares of high conservation value forests for clear-felling and burning.
This legislation is sitting with members of Tasmania’s upper house -- the final parliamentary barrier stopping the bulldozers -- so we must act before it’s too late. Help us protect Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine by contacting Legislative Council members. Use our guide to make sure they understand that ripping up these precious places is completely unacceptable and will cost them votes.
Hundreds of thousands of hectares of World Heritage value forests, including old-growth areas that have never seen human activity, are being put at risk. So, regardless of whether you're a Tassie local or a passionate mainlander, you can help convince Tasmania’s MPs that these forests are worth more in the ground and must be protected.
Not sure what to write? Here's an idea of what you could write:
I’m writing to urge you to commit to the ongoing protection of Tasmania’s forests, including the Frankland River Forests (where logging is imminent), the takanya/Tarkine, the Wielangta, the Blue Tier, the North-East Highlands, the Great Western Tiers and the forests on Bruny Island.
These magnificent rainforests are the last stronghold for the Tasmanian devil. We must not do anything that risks those devil populations.
Tasmania’s high conservation value forests were set aside for protection by the Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA) four years ago. But now the Liberal Government is insistent on tearing up this agreement and opening up 365,000 hectares to clear-felling and burning.
The Tasmanian forest industry doesn’t want this wood, the unions don’t want the agreement torn up, and the environment groups will always be there to defend these areas. The last thing anyone wants is more conflict in the forests.
As most Tasmanians will tell you, these forests are worth more in the ground.
Thank you for listening.