MEDIA RELEASE 12 October 2021
The North East Forest Alliance has described the latest Natural Resources Commission (NRC) report that denies logging of Koala feed trees has any impact on Koalas as dangerous propaganda that further threatens their survival by denying Koalas the increased protection they urgently need.
NEFA considers that the use of Koala recordings that indicate the presence of a Koala somewhere in the vicinity is not appropriate for detecting the impact of logging on Koalas and do not accept that the NRC can justifiably claim from DPI Forestry’s fundamentally flawed study that “the Coastal IFOA conditions and protocols did not adversely impact koala density”, said spokesperson Dailan Pugh.
“This is contrary to the EPA’s 2016 study that found “areas of higher activity positively correlated with greater abundance and diversity of local koala feed trees, trees and forest structure of a more mature size class, and areas of least disturbance”.
NEFA is calling upon the NSW Government to follow the leads of Western Australia and Victoria by immediately adopting a plan to phase out logging of public native forests because of their vital roles in taking up and storing carbon and providing homes for so many of our threatened species.Read more
We are in a dangerous feedback loop where regrowth following logging and extreme fires is fuelling more intense fires. With extreme fire weather increasing we need to break out of this vicious cycle while we still can. Stopping logging and allowing current regrowth to mature beyond 40 years will significantly help. The latest study emphasises the need to reduce fire threat by maintaining cover of older forest near settlements.
Since its Biodiversity Month we thought it was a good time to highlight the biodiversity hotspot that is Oakes State Forest in the Kalang headwaters. Oakes is found in the heart of Gumbaynggirr Country, west of Bellingen.
“The writing is on the wall for wood-fired power stations”, said NEFA spokesperson Susie Russell.
“We are relieved that both Liberal and Labor politicians who participated in the parliamentary inquiry into “Sustainability of energy supply and resources in NSW” have recommended that native forest biomass not be allowed in energy generation facilities.Read more
In what could be a landmark case for north-east NSW forests, the Environmental Defenders Office solicitors acting for the North East Forest Alliance have today served papers on the Commonwealth and NSW Governments challenging the re-issued Regional Forest Agreement for north-east NSW.
Dailan Pugh, North East Forest Alliance, July 2021
When spotlighting down the Liberation Fire Trail in Chaelundi State Forest in late 1989 we were astounded by the multitude of white eyes shining in the trees. The North East Forest Alliance’s (NEFA’s) oldgrowth surveys had found the highest density of Greater Gliders known. This forest’s astounding abundance of animals led a judge to later describe it as “a veritable forest dependent zoo, probably unparalleled in south-eastern Australia”.
NEFA blockaded Chaelundi twice, in 1990 and 1991. The second started in April 1991, though it wasn’t until the 23 July that the Government had the political will to force their way through. It took 10 days for the police to clear the road and close the forest – people then camped in the adjacent national park and continued their protests. 230 people were arrested.
I’m woken in the dark, just before dawn, by torchlight flashing across the camp, and look over to see the long black shape of heavy machinery parked on the forest road. With my heart in my mouth I get up and approach as quietly as I can, ready to take a photo to send out with an action alert to our crew asleep here at camp, and in towns from Orara down to Grassy Head. But what comes into focus as I get closer is a Land Rover with twelve-metre long bamboo poles tied to its roof racks (that’s almost as long as a semi!) which Old Mate has driven through the winding backroads over the top of the mountain.
Forestry Corporation logging in the Nambucca and Bellingen catchments is based on a faulty soil assessment method and is causing soil erosion and polluted waterways, report finds.
Cooks Creek in Juugawarri NP 2019 vs Cooks Creek September 7 2020 after a Pollution incident (sediment delivery) from road-grading upslope.
Reported to Lyn Orrego July 2021 EPA and NPWS, soil catching devices installed.Read more
Jonas for Bellingen Environment Centre.
Last week (29th May 21) a group of locals participated in a second koala survey. Both surveys have found koala scats in Compartment 27 and 23.Read more