Author(s): Ralph Ashton
The Tarkine is one of the largest temperate rainforests on Earth, covering an area of 4500 sq km in Tasmania's north-west. This vast expanse is a wilderness wonderland of wild rivers, dramatic coastal heathlands, button grass plains, bare mountains, ancient Huon pines, giant eucalypts and myrtles and extraordinary horizontal scrub. It is home to rare and endangered birds - like the orange-bellied parrot and the white goshawk - and countless animals such as the eastern pygmy possum. For 30,000 years, until late in the nineteenth century, the Tarkine was also home to the Tarkiner people - their middens can still be found along the rugged coast. But all this is under threat from human activities which imperil its very existence. Captured by Tasmania's most celebrated photographers, this is the Tarkine rainforest in all its timeless glory. Over a hundred awe-inspiring shots of this truly haunting landscape - from the most delicate and detailed of subjects to sweeping aerial views - each accompanied by brief inspirational passages from leading local writers. Tarkine is a remarkable record of this landscape and a reminder that it is the responsibility of us all to protect this unique place.
WWF is the world's largest independent conservation organisation. It has 5 million regular supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. ROBERT PURVES is a businessman, farmer, philanthropist and conservationist. He has been president of WWF Australia since 1996 and was pivotal in convening the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. In 2003, he established the Purves Environmental Fund to foster greater support and better outcomes for the environment. Robert has had a life-long commitment to preserving Tasmania's wild places. RALPH ASHTON is a traveller, photographer and environmental advocate. He currently works with WWF Australia, concentrating on landscape management policy in Tasmania. Before that he was a mergers and acquisitions lawyer and then corporate finance adviser. Ralph is intrigued by the beauty in both the natural and the built environments. He is editor of Tarkine.