The story of the project
We are the Bob Brown Foundation, an action-oriented environment organisation working to protect one of the world’s last wild places, the Tarkine (takayna in the Palawa language). Bob Brown always says that ‘to see the Tarkine is to want to save it’. So we are publishing a guide to touring, bushwalking and rafting in this remarkable place.
Across mountains, down rivers, along coasts, through forests: Tarkine Trails / takayna makuminya, with its splendid photographs and maps, is the definitive guide for adventurers to the Tarkine as well as for browsers at home wanting the pleasures of wild Tasmania on their coffee table. Here is a welcome to one of Australia’s least known yet most beautiful natural and cultural treasures.
Tarkine Trails / takayna makuminya has 100 bushwalking trails complete with colour maps, 10 mountain bike trails and 17 paddling trips. This definitive guide has contributions from more than 30 experts including lead author Phill Pullinger, a foreword by Bob Brown, an introduction by Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary’s owner Greg Irons, and an essay on Aboriginal Heritage of takayna / Tarkine written by Ruth Langford.
The Bob Brown Foundation is an environmental not-for-profit organisation, working to have the Tarkine protected as a National Park and World Heritage Area.
In the remote northwest corner of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, takayna / Tarkine is a vast mosaic of ecosystems covering 450 000 hectares, with Australia’s largest tract of cool temperate rainforest at its heart.
Giant eucalyptus forests grow side by side with Australia’s greatest Gondwanic rainforest. The landscape is threaded with wild rivers, flowing between mountain ranges and through expansive button-grass plains and flowering coastal heaths to a rugged coastline of windswept beaches, towering sand dunes and extraordinary Aboriginal cultural sites.
But the region’s natural and cultural values are under threat from a string of proposed mines, logging in ancient rainforests and unrestricted access for off-road vehicles, damaging indigenous heritage.
Below is an advertisement we recently published in Wild Magazine.
Film produced by Dan Broun and interview with Bob Brown by Mike Gissing
Top: Rupert Point, Tarkine Coast by Arwen Dyer
Book Cover: Tarkine Coast by Paul Hoelen
Middle: Abandoned Nelson River Bay Mine, Tarkine by Matthew Newton
Middle: Recently logged coupe in Tarkine by BBF Campaigner
Bottom: Huskisson River Wilderness, Tarkine by Rob Blakers
How the funds will be used
$11 261 will be spent on distribution, promotion and additional production costs.
Some of my other work
In 2015 our campaign to protect the Tarkine included a major environmental arts project, Tarkine in Motion, which led to a series of exhibitions and a feature length film. Our Tarkine BioBlitz is taking place in November. Teams of scientists and volunteers will spend a weekend in the Tarkine to discover and record as many living things as possible
Tarkine in Motion – our Environmental Arts project in the Tarkine
Now our biggest challenge is to raise the funds to pay for this huge project and continue to build an international campaign to protect takayna / Tarkine from logging, mining and off road vehicles.