Here’s from the email inbox: The Last Stand announced its new anti-Ta Ann Group website to discourage Japanese clients from buying Tasmania’s plywood disputedly harvested from native old-growth forests.
Likewise, here from the website of Market for Change which posted the list of local retailers of Tasmania’s native forests.
The activists’ group has drawn a map on the extent of forest destruction in Australia– in which some of Australia’s most unique and species-rich forest habitats are still being logged including:
- Tasmania’s native and old growth forests including the Tarkine, Blue Tier, Styx, Weld, and Upper Florentine Valley areas
- Victoria’s Central Highlands – identified as some of the most carbon-dense forests on earth and areas in East Gippsland
- New South Wales’ highly biodiverse sub-tropical and temperate native forests in the state’s north-east and south-east coastal regions
- Western Australia’s native forests in the southwest of the state have been named a global biodiversity ‘hotspot’ yet logging in the state’s endemic karri, jarrah, marri, tingle, and tuart forests continue despite new threats from drought and disease.
It speculates that there are 1,287 forest-dwelling species accross Australia that are listed as vulnerable, threatened or endangered under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBCA) 1999. They include:
- The Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed eagle
- Carnaby’s Black cockatoo of WA.
- Victoria’s Leadbeater’s possum
- The koala population of southern NSW.
This campaign has hit the media big time, with the launch featured in the Australian – a rare event indeed! It is also a hot topic in Tasmania with regular mentions in the local press.
Our online action is doing great, heading up to 1500 emails now, and crew in Hobart have maintained a strong visual presence, letterboxing key areas and, most recently with the Ta Ann
We are continuing to work with Markets for Change and the Huon Valley Environment Centre as well as heaps of other good folks, and have also appreciated the support of the most excellent peoples at DoGooder.
So spread the message to your friends to jump on board!
For the forests,
THE LAST STAND CREW