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Forest NSW announce- Boambee koalas to get the chop

“Forests NSW in announcing their intention to log Core Koala habitat at Boambee State Forest immediately west of Coffs Harbour are acting like a rogue agency totally out of control,” said newly elected NCEC Vice-President Ashley Love. “They are proposing to trash high conservation publicly owned forests in a desperate attempt to meet unsustainable long-term wood supply commitments.”

 “Forests NSW are refusing to cooperate with other arms of the NSW Government to implement the NSW Koala Recovery Plan and to prepare landscape management plans for Koalas for important areas like Coffs Harbour.”

“NCEC has written detailed letters to both the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson and Minister for the Environment Ms Robyn Parker on two occasions, the earliest in mid-August, seeking deferral of logging in this important area of koala habitat and as yet we have not received replies,” Mr Love said.

“In our most recent correspondence to the Ministers, following the release of the Federal Governments report into Koalas, the Council asked the Ministers to consider approaching the Federal Government for possible funding from the new $ 984m Carbon and Biodiversity Fund being set up as part of the Carbon Tax initiative. Guidelines released for the Fund specifically approve buyback of timber quotas on publicly owned forests with high biodiversity values.”

“The North Coast Environment Council has also asked the Ministers to investigate allegations that ForestsNSW had acted against the intent of the Coffs Harbour Koala Management Plan in offering to log Core Koala habitat on adjoining private lands.”

“To announce a commencement of logging of Core Koala habitat in the Coastal Range backdrop immediately to the west of Coffs Harbour without exploring the possibility of federal funding or investigation of FNSW inappropriate behaviour, demonstrates ForestsNSW are completely driven by unsustainable timber resource commitments and all the other objectives of the Forestry Act* are being ignored,” he said.

*(1) The objects of the commission shall be:

(a) to conserve and utilise the timber on Crown-timber lands and land owned by the commission or otherwise under its control or management to the best advantage of the State,

(b) to provide adequate supplies of timber from Crown-timber lands and land owned by the commission or otherwise under its control or management for building, commercial, industrial, agricultural, mining and domestic purposes,

(c) to preserve and improve, in accordance with good forestry practice, the soil resources and water catchment capabilities ofCrown-timber lands and land owned by the commission or otherwise under its control or management,

(d) to encourage the use of timber derived from trees grown in the State,

(e) consistent with the use of State forests for the purposes of forestry and of flora reserves for the preservation of the native flora thereon:

(i) to promote and encourage their use as a recreation, and

(ii) to conserve birds and animals thereon, and

(f) to provide natural resource environmental services (whether within or outside of New South Wales)

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  1. It would be nice if concerned environmentalists would have a look at what is happening in Eastern Dorrigo State Reserves. The practices of logging up around Mobong state forest and around wild cattle creek state forest are atrocious. Its high time selective logging was practiced in this area. Do away with the clear felling and which we know is causing the spread of noxious weed species such as privet and camphor to mention just a few.

    • Can you bring some photos to the conference Susan? We agree it is atrocious, the intensive logging and clearing is plunder and pillage. It has nothing to do with practising forestry.

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