Arthur River Takayna forest defence enters ninth day.

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Protests in Takayna forests have entered their ninth day as the community rallies to defend remnant forest habitat at the confluence of the Arthur and Frankland rivers. Logging has been flattening an area of riverside forest that is home to endangered Wedge-tailed Eagles, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Azure Kingfishers, Tasmanian Devils and Spotted-tailed Quolls.

Bob Brown Foundation has recorded the presence of a Tasmanian Masked Owl in this remnant forest refuge.

“We have written to the Premier and Forestry Tasmania to alert them to the confirmed presence of the Masked Owl and to urge them to stop this reckless destruction of vital habitat immediately”, said Scott Jordan, Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner.

“Premier Rockliff has the power to protect the threatened and endangered species in this forest. What remains to be seen is whether he has the courage and integrity to do so,” said Scott Jordan.

Teacher’s aide Sandra van den Berg is currently attached to a roadblock to prevent the destruction of these forests. “I have taken action this morning because I believe native forest logging must end. I want my kids and grandkids to be able to see these places and these animals,” said Mrs van den Berg.

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