Rare Tasmanian forest will host climbers in global canopy campout

This weekend, Bob Brown Foundation will head high into the ancient forests of Tasmania in the 6th annual Big Canopy Campout.

This global event will be raising awareness and helping to protect the Seikopai indigenous communities in Ecuador through the SËRA Foundation, sharing, learning and connecting information in the fight to protect their ancestral knowledge and, ultimately, the Amazon rainforest.

“In lutruwita / Tasmania we will be out in the threatened forests adjacent to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area near the Florentine valley. Our canopy campers will be among the world’s tallest flowering plants, which are in Forestry Tasmania’s logging plans, in the canopy of the rainforest surrounding these goliaths,” Erik Hayward, Bob Brown Foundation Campaigner said.

“We are in awe of the incredible forest of the Tiger Range. Forests will be woodchipped if Forestry Tasmania (FT) is allowed to proceed with destroying the ancient forest. It is also one area, among dozens of valleys, plateaus, creek lines, hillsides, river edges and ridge lines throughout lutruwita / Tasmania, that are beings systematically shredded for chip. This is a disgrace.”

“Our public Big Canopy Campout will be hosted in October in the threatened rugged rainforests of takayna / Tarkine to occupy, explore, defend and protect Tasmania’s wildness. The threats to takayna are many. From planned logging by FT, drawing lines on maps from desktop analysis of potential log volumes, completely disregarding the ecological habitat, climate and intrinsic values of these Gondwanan forests, to mining companies looking to open up wild areas, untouched by mechanisation, to plunder and destroy parts of the world’s second largest intact rainforest on the surface of this struggling Earth,” Erik Hayward said.

“The Big Canopy Campout will bring people from all walks of life from all over the world to hear about the plight of Tasmania’s wild forests and takayna. We are using these events to explore these magnificent and fragile threatened forests, camp in and under the trees and take a stand against this indiscriminate devastation,” Erik Hayward said.

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