"Don't Wax Tassie"

Screen print on paper, November, 2003.

 

I made this poster for the the Wilderness Society

It's was created to raise money for their campaign to save the old growth rainforest, in the Styx Valley, in Tasmania.

I actually went and visited the rainforest and was amazed by both its beauty and the pointless destruction involved in logging it.

I suppose I had imagined that the forest would be full of really big trees that you could understand timber companies wanting.

Instead, there are very few "useful" trees around. The rest of the forest is made up of wonderful ferns and smaller trees that are useless for the loggers' needs.

Needless to say, all this beautiful undergrowth gets cleared while loggers get out the big trees that 90% of the time are used for woodchips.

Which are used for paper and making the kind of crap chipboard furniture that you buy at the "package deal kings" and, in due course, wouldn't think of buying at the Salvation Army shop.

The biggest trees are often over 60 meter and, sometimes, over 85 meters tall.

(If a tree is "only" 84 meters tall however, it's not considered by Forestry Tasmania to be significant enough to preserve.)

A tree that reaches 85 meters has the advantage of being "protected" by Forestry Tasmania.

"Protection" by Forestry Tasmania, by the way, can result in accidental fires like the one that killed Australia's largest tree.

But wait, there's more!

Following the tragedy of destroying a tree hundreds of years old (to make a "buffet and hutch"), the real horror begins.

To clear the land of all the "rubbish" left over, the land is literally bombed with incendiary devices dropped from helicopters creating an enormously hot fire.

Then, wait for it, to ensure that there's absolutely nothing alive left over, they lay "1080" pesticide everywhere to kill off the animals that might eat the new plantation seedlings.

In all honesty, even if the logging was a "good" idea, the methods used and the assault on the environment that is involved and planned for the Styx, beggars belief.

If you want to know more about the Styx valley and how you could help, visit:

http://www.wilderness.org.au

 

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Coupe SX15B, Styx Valley, Tasmania

Styx Valley, Tasmania

Photos © 2003 Geoff Law or © 2003 Wilderness Society.

   © Nick Bleasel 2003. All rights reserved. Unauthorised reproduction is stealing.

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