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Science supports ‘Caring for Forests’

“The ground-breaking study from the Australian National University’s Brendan Mackay into the importance of eucalypt forests in carbon storage is good reason to re-visit the Regional Forest Agreements,” claimed NCEC President Jim Morrison.

“The State and Federal Governments review of their Forestry Agreements are well overdue. Conservationists have been arguing for some time that in view of climate change and the need for Australia to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we should be taking another look at how we treat our forests.

“The report released yesterday: Green Carbon. The role of natural forests in carbon storage provides the science to back up our arguments. It says that unlogged forests provide significantly more carbon storage than previously thought. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC has used the figure of 217 tonnes of carbon per hectare stored in forests. But this is a serious underestimate with older forests providing from 640-2000 tonnes of carbon stored per hectare.

“It confirms our view that older mature forests with bigger trees are providing a unique environmental service to the community and the economy. As such they should be protected from logging and any other activity that degrades them and hinders their carbon storage capacity.

“Clearly the ongoing destruction of our high carbon storage forests is madness in the face of melting polar icecaps,” Mr Morrison said.

“We are calling on the NSW Government to include climate change and green carbon storage as part of their review of the Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals which along with the RFAs dictate how and where logging can occur in our publicly owned forests.

“The report also has implications for the Private Native Forestry Code of Practice where the Government rejected our view on the importance of conservation of older forests and the largest trees.

“80% of Australians are clamouring for genuine action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Now we know that saving our forests, particularly the older more mature ones, is a simple action that will have that effect. It’s time our governments faced facts and stopped subsidising the big timber companies and put their money into forest conservation,” Mr Morrison said.

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