Today “Camp Flozza” celebrates its fifth birthday. The forest blockade has been running continuously for the past five years, holding off logging operations in the Upper Florentine Valley.
Over the past five years the camp has drawn attention to the logging of Tasmania’s ancient forest. In 2008 in January and again in May, police and Forestry workers moved into the area in an attempt to remove the camp and begin logging operations. Despite such attempts, Camp Flozza has continued and conservationists from the camp are committed to remaining there.
“Front line forest defence such as Camp Flozza is needed now more than ever as forests continue to fall despite promises of protection” said Still Wild Still Threatened spokesperson Miranda Gibson. “The potential failure of the government to implement the Intergovernmental Agreement in full means that forests like the Upper Florentine remain under constant threat.”
“A Conservation Agreement halting logging in 430,000 hectares is now over-due. The Intergovernmental Agreement signed in August explicitly states that logging operations must be rescheduled or where this is not possible compensation given. Every hectare of forest lost in this area now represents a complete breach of the promises made by the government” said Ms Gibson.
“Conservationists will remain at Camp Flozza, maintaining constant vigilance to defend this valley of pristine ancient forest. We will not move from this blockade until the Upper Florentine Valley is formally reserved and this forest is guaranteed protection into the future” said Ms Gibson.
Camp Flozza will be holding a birthday celebration and open day on November 13th. All welcome to attend. In addition the annual Southern Forest Soiree will be held this Saturday at the Peacock Theatre (Salamanca) from 6:30pm and will feature short films about the Florentine and other areas of Tasmania’s precious forests.
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.
PO Box 295. South Hobart TAS 7004