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NCEC Requests stop work on forestry operations in Boambee State Forest

The North Coast Environment Council has written to Coalition Environment Minister Robyn Parker requesting an immediate halt to logging in Boambee State Forest until it can be assessed against precautionary criteria.

In her evidence to the recent Estimates Committee hearings Ms Parker said that Forests NSW has been advised to take a precautionary approach to logging Koala habitat in Boambee State Forest.

Members of the North Coast Environment Council (NCEC) undertook an inspection on the weekend of the logging operations in the vicinity of log dumps No 1 and 3 in Compartment 602 Boambee State Forest and formed the opinion that the logging operation is clearly not taking a precautionary approach.

“The intensity of the logging operation exceeds a precautionary approach. The basal area removal of logged areas is estimated to be 80-90% with the only trees marked for retention being scattered and isolated seed trees and some Koala primary browse trees,” said Mr Ashley Love, spokesperson for the NCEC.

“From stump observation a high proportion of Tallowwood logs are being removed – an estimate of 4-5 times that being retained as primary browse trees. The removal of an estimated 80 % of large Tallowwood primary browse trees in the logging operation is not a precautionary approach in relation to maintaining Koala habitat.

“Further, the intensity of the logging operation is likely to promote a dense lantana understorey in the forest where this species is already a common component of the understorey in an area that is potentially susceptible to Bell Miner Assisted Dieback, a threatening process under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act,” Mr Love concluded.

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