What if you could run to save one of the last truly wild places on earth?
Currently, in Tasmania’s North-West corner, there are protesters chaining themselves to trees or occluding the path of bulldozers. Tireless protesters, putting their lives on hold to help save one of the world’s most beautiful temperate rainforests (and Australia’s largest), Takayna/Tarkine.
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This evening a tree-sitter has been arrested defending primordial rainforests of takyana / Tarkine from looming logging. The tree-sitter was in the canopy of an ancient tree for 24 hours today as the Tasmanian government sent in the bulldozers and chainsaws. Atalaya Ferrari was charged with trespass and wilfully obstructing a police officer and was released tonight. “We are grateful to the brave defenders who have stood on the front line today, and to all our supporters of the campaign. Because of them, no tree will fall unfought,” said takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan. We need all hands on deck to prevent imminent logging in takayna / Tarkine. Contact Scott to join our blockade: [email protected] Full MR here: https://www.bobbrown.org.au/mr_3_2_2020 #Tarkine #takayna #auspil #politas
Takayna/Tarkine is one of the last, truly wild places on earth. Such largely undisturbed extensive tracts of cool temperate rainforest are extremely rare worldwide.
It is a living example of one of the most primitive vegetation formations on Earth. Providing a unique window into our planet’s ancient past, the cool temperate rainforests in Takayna were once widespread across the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. It is home to some of the best-preserved plant fossil sites in the world, dating back 65 million years.
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Takayna is also home to more than 60 species of rare, threatened and endangered species. These include such unique animals as the Giant Freshwater Lobster – the world’s largest freshwater crustacean, and the Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle – Australia’s largest Eagle, and the famous Tasmanian Devil.
However, despite all this, approximately 90% of the Tarkine is under mining tenure. And much of its 447,000 hectares is at risk from logging.
The Takayna Ultra is a 65km (and 22km) ultra-marathon event set-up to help save the Tarkine from logging, mining and off-road vehicle damage. Scheduled for March 13 2020, the event will raise money to support the campaign to have takayna / Tarkine protected as a World Heritage listed National Park, and returned to Aboriginal ownership.
Entries to the 2020 event are still open and close on February 15. For all trail runners that can’t make the 2020 event, save the date for 2021. And for those who wish to help, please get behind this years runners. Donations can be made HERE
- Takayna Ultra Website (Bob Brown Foundation)
- Donate to the Takayna Ultra
- Donate to Runner’s Tribe’s donation page
- Date: March 13, 2020
- Enter this years race HERE