Thursday, 19 April 2012

The Observer Tree - fight to save a Tassie forest

Perched 60m up an ancient gum tree in a remote part of south-west Tasmania, Miranda Gibson's tree-top home has a spectacular view across one of the biggest untouched tracts of temperate rainforest left in the southern hemisphere.

For more than three months, 30-year-old Gibson has been living high above the canopy floor that is the home to some of Australia's most threatened indigenous wildlife, including the Tasmanian devil and spotted tail quolls. Flying overhead are the equally threatened Tasmanian white goshawks and wedge-tailed eagles.

But Gibson's arboreal home is under imminent threat. These ancient forests are currently unprotected and could be destroyed by logging any day.

In a dramatic bid to save the trees and its wildlife from the chop, Gibson has created the Observer Tree, a global media centre bristling with the latest digital technology to bear witness to the encroaching bulldozers and loggers.

"My aim has been to bring the images of the forests and the truth about the ongoing logging of these areas to the international community and beam my forest protection message across the world," says Gibson.

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