The Tarkine Wilderness Project

The Bob Brown Foundation takes action to protect Australia’s wild and scenic natural places of ecological and global significance.

The Tarkine Wilderness in north western Tasmania, is a vast mosaic of ancient forests, wild beaches, magnificent heathlands and pristine rivers and covers over 495,000 hectares.  With over 90% of the area remaining wild, comprising the second largest remaining tract of temperate rainforest in the world and a stronghold for endemic, rare and endangered species including the Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle, Spotted-tailed Quoll and Tasmanian Devil,  it is threatened by rainforest logging, large-scale mining and off-road vehicles.   The Bob Brown Foundation has been cataloguing and even discovering new species in its annual citizen science Tarkine BioBlitz, yet despite widespread public opinion that the Tarkine’s old growth forests must be protected, it has been announced that two thousand hectares of forest will be cleared over the next three years.  The Bob Brown Foundation’s Eco-Tourism Plan for the Tarkine includes proposals for The Trans-Tarkine Track and Tarkine Trails Book on-line App version to create a ten-day, world class wilderness hike, making the Tarkine more economically valuable in its intact form.  The next stage is to set up a consortium of financiers and need funding to create a prospectus for the Trans Tarkine Track to help acquire key investors. The Tarkine Trails guide book promotes the tourism values of this region and EOCA member ORTOVOX, whose Merino sheep call Tasmania home, funded the transfer of this publication into an App for all visitors to easily explore this wild and remote region. The App is accessible HERE.

The Update

ORTOVOX will, in the future, also support the valuable work of the tree climbers by funding safety training and climbing courses in order to protect the people actively engaging in the ‘Save The Tarkine’ campaign.

Image: Tarkine Wilderness. Image credit: Rob Blakers