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Back to Tasmania's Southern Forests...Still Wild, Still Threatened

Tasmania's ancient forests say THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello there amazing forest defenders across the globe!

If you took part in the absolutely HUGE 24 hours of action, thank you for your outstanding help in making a historical moment for Tasmania’s threatened forests. Your support and participation in the International 24 hours of action for Tasmania’s forests made it the largest show of public support for Tasmania’s ancient forests in history.

It was a momentous event with 51 actions in 21 countries (see below for a list). Here in Tasmania, four conservationists abseiled off the side of the Spirit of Tasmania, the passenger ship between Tasmania and Victoria and unfurled a large banner along the side. And in Hobart two conservationists hung a banner between two light posts in front of the prominent General Post Office, with a large gathering of supporters beneath.

Our online action was a great success with over 2000 emails sent over the past week to Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke and Tasmania’s Premier David Bartlett.

On Wednesday morning Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke and Tasmania’s Premier David Bartlett announced the long awaited moratorium on Tasmania’s high conservation value forests.

The Tasmanian Forests moratorium clock started ticking on Wednesday.

Logging in the high conservation value forests will start to scale down within 30 days, moving towards a complete moratorium by March 15, 2011 (90 days).

15 December 2010, marks the beginning of the process to deliver, within 90 days, a full moratorium on logging in Tasmania’s high conservation value forests as outlined in the Statement of Principles.

However, we will need to remain vigilant on the ground in Tasmania to be sure that no more new logging and roading will be started in High Conservation Value forests. And at a political level lobbying will continue to be crucial as the decisions for formal legislated protection of these forests will lie with the politicians.

Thank you for all your campaign efforts over many years for the protection of Tasmania’s world class forests. Congratulations to the negotiators and the members of the Forests Reference Group for working through along and difficult process to obtain this historic outcome.

To view a slideshow of action images from around the world, go to www.nativeforest.net

Check out an amazing interactive online map of the massive 24 hours of action at http://tasforestaction.appspot.com/! Click on the red pointers to view photos of banner actions in specific locations. This fabulous map was created by http://lynxgeos.com/, Hobart, Tasmania.

To view some footage of the Hobart action, go to stillwildstillthreatened.org, and go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lrbdNw0L-U to view footage of the Sydney action. If you would like to download high resolution images from right around the globe, go to www.flickr.com/photos/stillwildstillthreatened/sets/72157625476345913/

As we speak, one of our exceedingly talented film makers is creating an absolutely SPECTACULAR film of the 24 hours. We will send you this as soon as it is finished (in the few days), along with another way in which you can help us keep the pressure on our politicians to deliver this moratorium followed on by formal legislated protection for our magnificent forests.

Thank you again for your fabulous hard work in standing up and speaking out for the world-class forests of Tasmania! Please forward this email to all of your friends and colleagues who helped to make this global 24 hours of action such a resounding success.

For the forests and with love
Jenny and Ula
On behalf of the Huon Valley Environment Centre and Still Wild Still Threatened

www.huon.org www.stillwildstillthreatened.org

51 banner actions and DVD screenings were held in 21 countries across the world

INTERNATIONAL
Tanzania - Arusha, Reunion Island, Japan – Australian Embassy, Tokyo, Vanuatu – Twin Bombies reef - Port Vila harbour, India – Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Kerala, Thailand – Pai,...

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