Protest at site of Takayna Arthur River logging

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Forest defenders are calling for urgent help to protect a remnant native forest in Tasmania’s Takayna from logging destruction.

Community members have committed to ongoing protests to defend Azure Kingfisher and eagle forest habitat, starting this morning with a demonstration at the gate that locks the forests away from public access.

A new access road into forests at the confluence of the Frankland and Arthur Rivers in Takayna / Tarkine was built last week to allow logging. Along with a team of defenders, Veterinary Nurse and Wildlife Carer Gabby Knox has locked herself to a gate to prevent the destruction these forests.

“This last remnant riverscape forest is vital to the breeding pairs of Wedge-tailed and White-bellied Sea Eagles known to nest and live in the area. It is habitat for the endangered Azure Kingfisher, Spotted-tailed Quoll and the iconic Tasmanian Devil. Logging has destroyed forests in this region for too long and has taken almost everything from the wildlife in the lower reaches of the Frankland River. They will not destroy the last of it without determined non-violent resistance from forest defenders, said Scott Jordan, Bob Brown Foundation Takayna / Tarkine Campaigner.

“We are here to make a stand for the Azure Kingfisher, eagles, quolls and for our amazing native forests. Native forest logging must end,” Scott Jordan said.

“I am sick of coming across displaced and injured wildlife, and I think it’s crazy that the government continues to condone the destruction of these critical habitats. I am here today to stand up so that all the animals here keep their rightful homes”, said Ms Knox.

Bob Brown Foundation is committing to the ongoing protection of this area and is urging the public to join the frontline defence of our native forests.

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