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Conservationist MIranda Gibson will today become the new holder of the Tasmania record for the longest time spent continuously at the top of a tree. It will be Miranda’s 52nd day in the tree sit.

She has vowed to remain in her tree top perch until the area of forest is protected, as it was promised to be.

The previous record holder Peter Firth stayed in a tree sit, in the Styx Valley, close to the area where MIranda is now. He lasted in the tree top platform for 51 days while logging continued in the coupe he was in. He was removed from the tree by police helicopter on the 11th of May 2006.

The story made national news.

“It is a shame that I have to be up here, breaking this record, watching over these forests. Because they were promised protection and the government failed to deliver that promise.

Leaving it up to myself and others in the community to try and protect these areas. I have been sitting at the top of this tree for 52 days now, and I am committed to staying here as long as it takes to see forest protection.” said Ms Gibson.

“I am here to highlight the ongoing logging that is occuring in Tasmania’s high conservaiton value forests. This tree that I’m sitting was ear-marked for protection. Now is it due to be logged. This ongoing destruction is being driven by Ta Ann. It is great to see a new cyber action launched on Tuesday , which is demonstrating to the cusotmers of Ta Ann’s products that the community does not want to see these forests destroyed to make flooring.” said Ms Gibson.

Still Wild Still Threatened is a grassroots community organisation campaigning for the immediate protection of Tasmania’s ancient forests and the creation of an equitable and environmentally sustainable forestry industry in Tasmania.

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PO Box 295. South Hobart TAS 7004

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• Rob Blakers’ picture-essay on the Mt Mueller forests, including pics of discarded cerlery-top pine: HERE

• Friday:

Miranda Gibson breaks Tassie tree sitting record in the ObserverTree today

Today Miranda Gibson has broken the Tasmanian record for the longest time spent at the top of a tree. Miranda has been on a platform 60 meters from the ground for 52 days, and will remain there to highlight the ongoing destruction of Tasmania’s forests.

“I am 100% committed to staying up here to draw attention to the continued destruction of these world-class forests, and the broken promise of the Australian and Tasmanian governments. This ancient tree that I’m sitting was ear-marked for protection. Now, due to Ta Ann’s demand for wood sourced from these high conservation value forests, this area is under immediate threat” said Ms Gibson.

Peter ‘Peck’ Firth, the previous Tasmanian tree sit record holder, who spent 51 days in an old growth tree in the Styx Valley in 2006, offered support and encouragement to Miranda today from Western Australia.

“I’d like to acknowledge the courage and dedication of Miranda and all the people supporting her in her effort. It is not easy working for the protection of the high conservation value forests” said Mr Firth.

“This is a tragedy that Miranda and all the other good people to this day have to spend their time honouring agreements broken by the forestry industry. I look forward to the day we can all enjoy the wilderness forest for their true value without fear of their destruction. Until then our resolve to see their protection will not waiver as Miranda is demonstrating” said Mr Firth.

Miranda’s tree sit, known as The Observer Tree, has received international attention over the past 52 days. Using solar power and internet access Miranda has been able to bring Tasmania’s spectacular forests to people’s homes all around the world.

On 14 and 15 February, a global 24 hours of action in support of The Observer Tree will call on the Japanese customers of Ta Ann to cease purchasing wood coming from Tasmania’s high conservation value forests.

To view footage of Peter Firth being pulled out of his tree by helicopter in 2006, visit http://youtu.be/MWoYbA3nMM8
For more information about the ObserverTree, visit http://observertree.org
For more information about Ta Ann and their Japanese customers, visit http://www.taann.com.au

Still Wild Still Threatened is a grassroots community organisation campaigning for the immediate protection of Tasmania’s ancient forests and the creation of an equitable and environmentally sustainable forestry industry in Tasmania.

http://www.stillwildstillthreatened.org
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PO Box 295. South Hobart TAS 7004

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