Join the community forest protectors taking action for our public native forests in Cherry Tree State Forest
Forest protectors standing up for Cherry Tree State Forest
(adjoining Mallanganee National Park on the Richmond Range, west of Casino)
- Download and print Cherry Tree campaign poster (PDF)
- Register for email updates on our campaign to stop public native forest logging
- Like and Share the Stand Up For Cherry Tree Facebook Page
- Write a letter to the ministers calling for an end to public native forest logging
- Invite your friends to join us in the forest to bear witness and take action
Why Protect Cherry Tree State Forest?
The forest is a formally recognised component of a regional wildlife corridor running from the Border Ranges along the Richmond Range, towards Grafton. This area is considered an important biodiversity hotspot, water catchment, carbon sink and tourism asset.
Core Koala habitat proposed for logging in Cherry Tree Forest.
Other threatened fauna known by local residents to occur in compartments include Quoll, Phasgergale, Black Striped Wallaby, Rufus Bettong, Greater Glider, Yellow Bellied Glider, Powerful Owl and more. Threatened plants occurring recognised in the area include Ripple leafed Mutton Wood, scrub Turpentine and Onion Cedar. Endangered ecological communities include Grey box, Grey Gum, Moist Sclerophyll Community and Lowland Sub Tropical Rainforest. There are also numerous old hollow-bearing trees essential for habitat of various threatened species,old growth and raindforest. These should all be permanently protected.
The forests of the Richmond Range protect the catchments of the Clarence and Richmond rivers.
Protection of steep upper headwater gullies and lower order streams along the range is fundamental to the health of these two important rivers. The soils of the Walloon Coal measures that occur in Cherry Tree State Forest are particularly susceptible to erosion and mass movement. Logging disturbance presents a very high risk of sediment pollution. Local community and aquatic wildlife desperately need their catchments protected from these threats.
Logging Cherry Tree Forest increases the risk and intensity of fires.
Cherry Tree was spared the devastating wildfires that impacted on many of the surrounding State Forests and National Parks in 2019, significantly increasing its importance as a biodiversity refuge. This now needs to be left undisturbed to age and develop as a wildlife refuge, thus providing catchment protection and increased carbon storage.
Australia’s COP26 pledge to end deforestation must be immediately actioned locally through cancellation of logging at Cherry Tree, and its inclusion into the adjoining formal reserve system.
Tessa & Ashoka bear witness to Cherry Tree Forest Logging Damage
Cherry Tree Forest is being destroyed in secret by NSW Forest Corps to profit a tiny number of loggers financed by NSW taxpayers. Citizen scientists like Tessa and Ashoka are bravely exposing the vandalism of our public native forests despite the industry locking up our forests to stifle public outrage. See the damage for yourself and hear their first hand on the spot account of what they are witnessing.
200 Dead Trees in Forest Corps Log Dump in Cherry Tree Forest
Sean O'Shannessy reports on the vandalism going on on our public native forest. Approx 200 dead trees waiting to be trucked out of Cherry Tree State Forest and out of the assets of the people of NSW and into the profits of reckless logging corporations.
Logging Trucks ripping off our public native forests in Cherry Tree
Logging trucks loaded with koala habitat, carbon sinks, water catchment and tourist attraction to be converted into woodchips. NSW Forest Corps supervising the transfer of our forest from public assets into private profits in Cherry Tree State Forest.
Cherry Tree is a natural treasure belonging to the people of NSW that is being irreparably damaged by logging
15 November 2021 - Cherry Tree Logging must stop until outstanding issues are addressed