takayna / Tarkine Forest in the northwest of Tasmania has been the home to the annual takayna Trail ultra-marathon event since 2019, an epic 65km traverse of ancient Gondwana rainforest hosted by For Wild Places and the Bob Brown Foundation. The event raises funds to help save takayna/ Tarkine from mining, logging and off-road vehicle damage, as well as campaigning to have this land listed as a World Heritage National Park.

Paddy Pallin has been built from the values of environmental conservation and education, which is why we are proud to support the Bob Brown Foundation and the takayna Trail in their efforts to fight for the conservation of takayna / Tarkine. Evan, Paddy Pallin’s Hobart Store Manager and the team from our Hobart store have enjoyed volunteering their time to support the takayna Trail every year since it has started.

takayna / Tarkine has a rich array of flora and fauna species, as it contains the largest area of cool temperate, Gondwana rainforest within Australia and is home to the world's largest living marsupial carnivore, the endangered Tasmanian Devil. It is also the ideal habitat for the Giant Tasmanian Freshwater Crayfish, the world’s biggest freshwater invertebrate that grows up to one metre in length and six kilograms in weight and the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagles.

takayna / Tarkine has been found to have outstanding heritage value and was recommended to be entered on the National Heritage List by the Australian Heritage Council. The Australian Government failed to list the full recommended area in 2013, with the Aboriginal heritage coastline that was placed on the National Heritage List still suffering severe damage to its cultural values due to off-road vehicles.

Along the takayna coast is the National Heritage listed Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape, an area with globally significant Aboriginal cultural values, rich with the largest number, diversity and density of Aboriginal hut sites in Australia.

Photo Credit: Rob Blakers
Photo Credit: Rob Blakers

Over 90% of the natural values in takayna / Tarkine are largely intact, making this Australia’s largest wilderness dominated by cool temperate rainforest. The area is home to some of the best-preserved flora fossils in the world, dating back 65 millions years.

The significant values of this ancient wilderness are under threat from acid mine drainage, deforestation and contamination of waterways by proposed new mines. As of mid February, 2022, activists from the Bob Brown Foundation are fighting for the right to peacefully protest for the protection of this unique environment with mining giant MMG recently receiving lease approval for access to South Marionoak for work on their proposed tailings dam, close to Rosebery mine.

For Wild Places and the Bob Brown foundation are coming together once again to host the takayna Trail 2022, a run to save wild places. Last year, takayna Trail 2021 runners collectively raised $200k to support the protection of takayna / Tarkine.

Registrations have now closed, but you can still support the event, for more info head over to takayna Trail 2022.

Photo Credit: Lachlan Gardiner

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