We are running several campaigns to intervene in the continued loss of native forests in lutruwita/Tasmania. Our grassroots, community-driven campaigns are designed to be inclusive and accessible and open to all who would like to pitch in to make them successful. Please reach out to us on Instagram, Facebook, or through this website if you would like to join us.
Saving the Lonnavale Forests
This summer we are working with the Wilderness Society to draw attention to the loss of critically important swift parrot habitat in the Lonnavale Forests. This includes the Denison Valley, Barnback Ridge, and Russell River areas. A total of XXX forests are at risk in this valley, which is the last stronghold for the Swift Parrot in the area known as the Southern Forests.
We are calling for an immediate moratorium on logging in this area so that critical work can be done to ensure the ongoing survival of the swift parrot.
- For the Lonnavale forests to be listed as a Swift Parrot Important Breeding Area (SPIBA).
- For the government to finalize the Swift Parrot Management Plan and have it signed off by Swift Parrot experts.
You can join us in these efforts as we spend the summer hosting guided walks, conducting surveys, producing media, and lobbying industry and politicians to take action.
Giant Tree Protection
lutruwita/Tasmania’s wet-sclerophyll forests support some of the largest trees on the planet. While some of these are within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and National Parks, many are still found within logging coupes in the Central and South of the island.
Using LiDar technology and a good-old fashioned bush-bashing, teams of Forestry Watch activists routinely complete desktop research and then take to the forest to locate and measure giant trees. Measuring these trees is one way we can find interim protection for areas of forest. Under Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s (STT) Giant Tree Policy, trees with a volume of more than 280 cubic meters trigger protection for forests within a 10m radius.
If you’re interested in being involved with our Giant Tree work please reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram.
Partnering with the Built-Environment Industry
For too long, allies in the built-environment industry have been left out of the work that forest campaign organisations have done.
There’s an awful lot we can learn from each other in how timber makes it way from the forests to the market, and what that timber is used for and what alternatives are available.
Our work in this space focuses on engaging in awareness raising with architects and timber buyers about where their timber comes from and the processes that bring it to them. This includes guided walks in logging coupes, producing information material, and holding seminars. This work is collaborative and importantly we are learning alongside allies who are using their design and construction skills to build a better future.
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