Southern Island Nature – Forests

by Apr 13, 20201 comment

This is Keppel creek in Sumac forest reserve in the Takaya/Tarkine, this part of the region if full of amazing gondwana reminet rain forest. Home to giant blue freshwater crays and huge eucalyptus and myrtle beach trees.

The trees here grow old, the moss dangles like an old man beard’s and the fungi clings as brackets to the trunks. The diversity of green is beyond words and the combination of ferns, mosses, fungi, sassafras, celery top and vines mosaic the understory cathedral. In the old growth of the Tarkine, you feel small, yet so connected to the world around, this truly natural place is worth more than wood chips!  

On the 8th of April 2020 the Tasmanian government opened up 365,000 hectares of native forest to logging. Which means 447 000 hectares of old growth forest in Tasmania is now threatened.

Also on the 8th of April the Bob Brown foundation held an online rally, which saw 2000+ people tune in to protest these previously protected forests being opened as permanent production forests. 

Check out these maps to see the scale of the unsustainable logging that is being allowed.

https://barefootgeo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=d3177d78ae474c1ea90626359438745f&fbclid=IwAR1MwR_Po7HYY_hblvCn88QrXgis6hN4Gx3xC_H1VM6Pn8ERmcoHAtAACxk

The island off the southeast coast of mainland Australia, Tasmania is a naturally stunning and wild place. A lifetime could be spent exploring the many mountain ranges, rivers and forests. With each adventure to a new place continually builds one’s connection to country and also opens their eyes to an array of other places waiting to be explored. 

1 Comment

  1. Lorraine

    Back with family in this terrible time of the Corona virus.
    You had a great journey Leigh, you can always pick up where you left off, when it is safe.
    Good job to all on save the forest trees in Tasmania.

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