Multiple forest protests halt logging across two states

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“Our Foundation’s historic three days of nationwide actions have commenced with four forest protests in two states that need to have logging machines evicted,” Jenny Weber BBF Campaigns Manager said.

In Tasmania, a mass protest is happening in Wentworth Hills’ ancient forests. Thirty people are on site this morning with a tree sit and a number of people locked onto machinery.

In NSW’s northern rivers, logging has been stopped in Camira State Forest near Grafton.

“At this point in time, every tree counts, we are in an ecological crisis and time is running out. The Labor Gov is blatantly driving species to extinction whilst allowing culture and country to be destroyed. Knowing these detrimental consequences and continuing to authorise logging is irresponsible and criminal,” said MJ Johnson locked onto logging machinery at Camira State Forest.

On the NSW South Coast, two forestry operations have been halted. One at Shallow Crossing State Forest and another at Currowan State Forest. Two tree sits, one in each forest, have stopped logging machinery working in each of those compartments. These threatened native forests are halfway between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay.

“This morning we are in Shallow Crossing State Forest on the South Coast of NSW, halting the logging operations that are destroying these incredible forests. These forests are critically important in the dual biodiversity and climate crisis, as some of the only remaining unburnt forest after the 2019/20 bushfires. We are calling on Anthony Albanese and the ALP to do the right thing and end native forest logging nationally, as Forestry Corporation can no longer be trusted with our forest estate,” said Bob Brown Foundation Community Campaigner, Molly Coburn.

“We are uniting across Australia to call for an end to native forest logging. All the logging currently occurring in Australia’s native forests must end immediately. Urgent protection and restoration of native forests need to happen now. Governments must take action to avoid destroying native forests’ ability to cool the planet and support life on Earth,” BBF Native Forest Campaigner Erik Hayward said.

“We can no longer sit back and watch as our last remaining forests are cut and burnt in the midst of the biggest climate challenge our species has ever faced,” Erik Hayward said.

“Today is the first day of our three days of nationwide actions to end native forest logging. Australia’s forests need immediate protection in an extensive national forest estate. This national forest estate will ensure that biodiversity is properly protected, as well as the ecosystem services that Australia’s forests provide, such as clean air, water and essential carbon stores,” Jenny Weber BBF Campaigns Manager said.

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