Clearing Our Rainfall Away

Vegetation creates rain. That's one of the conclusions of a comprehensive review of more than 150 scientific papers on land-clearing and rainfall, conducted by Dailan Pugh of the North East Forest Alliance. Clearing Our Rainfall Away, released today, summarises the evidence of how land-clearing affects rainfall, and the impacts that land-clearing has had on Australia's climate.

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HUNDREDS OF LOGGING OFFENCES PROVEN, BUT NOTHING DONE

The Environment Protection Authority have confirmed NEFA's complaint that the Forestry Corporation committed hundreds of breaches of environmental laws when logging in Cherry Tree State Forest in 2015, though all they have done is issue 'official cautions' to these serial offenders.

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IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT KOALAS NEEDED

The North East Forest Alliance is calling the Minister for the Environment's response to the ongoing demise of Koalas grossly inadequate in light of the Chief Scientist Mary O’Kane's conclusion that there are only 36,000 Koalas left in NSW and that their populations have declined by 26% in the past 15-21 years.

The Minister is saying that he will now spend $10 million over 5 years on private land conservation measures, including buying properties.

"As identified the Chief Scientist habitat loss and fragmentation are the biggest threats to coastal Koalas. Buying a few properties will in no way compensate for the 2.2 million hectares of identified Koala habitat to be opened up for clearing under the new vegetation rules" according to NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.

"There is a lot more that the Minister should be doing but refuses to.

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NEFA ASKS TO BE ALLOWED TO STOP ONGOING ILLEGAL LOGGING

Following the finding of yet more widespread and ongoing breaches of logging laws, the North East Forest Alliance is calling on the Baird Government to restore the rights of the public to take the Forestry Corporation to court to enforce environmental laws,

"If the Baird Government refuses to enforce the logging rules, then let us do it" said NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.

"For years we have been finding the same sorts of logging offences, time after time after time. The Forestry Corporation are being allowed to flout environmental laws with impunity. The Environmental Protection Authority's (EPAs) lax regulation is clearly not working".

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STOP BAIRD EXTERMINATING KOALAS

“Stand up for koalas or they won't survive in the wild” is the warning call from the North East Forest Alliance.

“The NSW Government is carrying out a koala extermination program. It really can't be seen as anything else. It is gutting protections for koalas in all the relevant legislation” said Dailan Pugh, NEFA spokesperson.

 

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Big Trees Keep on Falling

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It is shocking and appalling that trees such as this one pictured whose stump measured 2.4 metres diameter, are still being cut down in our public native forests,” said Lyn Orrego from the Nambucca Valley Conservation Association, who, last weekend, found more than a dozen large stumps, from recently felled forest giants, in the Oakes State Forest west of Bowraville.

There should be a size limit on tree felling. It takes a tree about a year to put on a centimetre of girth. These trees like would have been standing in the forest before Europeans set foot in Australia. They would be hundreds of years old and are part of our natural heritage. Their scarcity and value makes them national treasures,” she said.

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EPA DENY THEY PROVED LOGGING BAD FOR KOALAS

The North East Forest Alliance has demanded a public apology from the Environment Protection Agency after it accused NEFA of making misleading statements regarding a recent EPA study that found that logging is bad for Koalas.

In its media release of 14 September NEFA claimed:
Outcomes of a recent study by the Environmental Protection Authority prove that Koalas have a significant preference for larger trees and more mature forest, with Koala populations found to be collapsing in recently logged areas.

“The Government now has the evidence that logging is bad for Koalas and needs to take immediate action to identify and protect the remaining Koala colonies that are in public forests threatened by logging. Every day that the Forestry Corporation is allowed to go on logging Koala's preferred feed trees brings them closer to extinction. It has to stop now. We call on Premier Mike Baird to urgently intervene to save NSW's Koalas",

The EPA responded to media that NEFA's claims contained "some misleading information":

NEFA spokesperson, Dailan Pugh, said he categorically rejects the EPA's assertion that any of his comments are misleading.

"I am simply emphasizing the findings that they would rather ignore. They should be alarmed, as their findings show that their current logging prescriptions are not working.

"This as a cover-up of the worst kind, the EPA are trying to sweep their own evidence under the carpet.

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Known koala site- Preferred koala feed tree species logged, not preferred tree species left. 

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EPA PROVE LOGGING BAD FOR KOALAS

Outcomes of a recent study by the Environmental Protection Authority prove that Koalas have a significant preference for larger trees and more mature forest, with Koala populations found to be collapsing in recently logged areas.

“The Government now has the evidence that logging is bad for Koalas and needs to take immediate action to identify and protect the remaining Koala colonies that are in public forests threatened by logging. Every day that the Forestry Corporation is allowed to go on logging Koala's preferred feed trees brings them closer to extinction. It has to stop now. We call on Premier Mike Baird to urgently intervene to save NSW's Koalas", said NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.

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GOVERNMENT'S FORESTRY ROADMAP JUST REPACKAGING

  The North East Forest Alliance has described the NSW Government's "NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap" as just another ill-conceived PR exercise that repackages their failed 2012 commitment to rewrite the rules for logging on public lands.

"Katrina Hodgkinson claimed they were going to release their new Integrated Forestry Operations Approval in mid 2014, now they are saying they won't release it until next year", said NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.

"They have obviously lost their way, though a new map won't help them until they address the abject failures of their regulatory system and their gross over-commitment of resources from public forests.

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SOS Real koalas

SOS: Virtual Protection for Virtual Koalas Won't Save a Species

"It beggars belief that money is being spent on models for koalas that ignores whether an area has been logged or not, and the age of the trees in the area concerned. Virtual habitat might be good for virtual koalas, but we want to see actual koalas protected"

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