The Observer Tree



Miranda has been sitting in the tree tops for the past month, bring the forest to the world. Find out more about what’s been happening and how you can help in this campaign update.


Feb 15th 2012

Join us in our global show of support for The Observer Tree and for forest protection. Email us if you are keen to be involved. Check out this beautiful slideshow of photos of the view from the tree sit. Windy days! Filming the forest. The Observer TreeIt’s been a month now since I climbed 60 meters up into the top of this Eucalypt in the middle of threatened forest in Southern Tasmania. This forest, like 430,000 hectares across Tasmania was promised protection in August 2011 by the Prime Minister.

Yet, logging has been allowed to start in this pristine old growth forest. I have vowed to remain at the top of this tree until Julia Gillard honours her promise and protects this forest. “Conservation Agreement” that allows logging! An interim “conservation agreement” announced last Friday has ‘protected’ only areas that were not due for logging in that period anyway. It is business as usual for Forestry Tasmania and Ta Ann, who now have access to over 40 logging coupes that were supposed to be protected. To call it a “conservation agreement” is misleading and deceptive, because there has been virtually no reduction in logging of the high conservation value forests that are awaiting protection. This is a breach of the Intergovernmental Agreement signed in August which clearly states that no logging would occur in those areas and that compensation would be given instead.

Tree Sit Update With over 20,00 hit on the website, loads of media coverage and lots of encouraging feedback – the campaign is off to a great start! Despite this, the Prime Minister has still taken no action to protect these forests. Please help out by spreading the word. ‘Like’ us on facebook, tell all your friends, help with this weeks Poster Extravaganza, organise a community forum or stall, take part in our International  Day of Action (feb 15), forward this email to your networks and write to the PM. It’s been great writing everyday about my experiences in the tree sit. One of the most exciting moments was the discovery of a mother Tasmanian devil taking food to it’s young! It’s also been wonderful to see quolls and a wedge tail eagle near by. Thanks to everyone who has written comments on the blog, it’s been overwhelming to receive so much support. It was especially nice to see how many people really connected with my personal reflections on Day 13 about losing parts of the Upper Florentine Valley and learning to reconnect with the forest again. I hope you continue to enjoy the daily blog, and feel free to write to me with any suggestions of topics or ideas to be included.

I’ve also been doing daily radio interviews with 3CR.

Listen to this great radio show about The Observer Tree and Ta Ann.

National Poster  Extravaganza

Week Jan 13 – 20:

Help us spread the word around the country!

With logging due to start again we need to ramp up the pressure.

Download our printable posters and flyers and get them out and about. For colour posters contact us and we can post you some. Ta Ann

This company, now the driving force behind logging here, have a deplorable record of corruption and environmental destruction. The good news is International Plywood recently cancelled their contract with Ta Ann.

Now it’s time to turn our attention to Ta Ann’s Japanese customers. follow on Twitter | friend on Facebook | forward to a friend Copyright © 2012 Still Wild Still Threatened, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you have added your contact details to the Still Wild Still Threatened e-mailing list. Please let us know if you would no longer like to receive updates from us. Our mailing address is: Still Wild Still Threatened PO Box 295 South HobartHobart, Tas 7004

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