MEDIA RELEASE 1 September 2023
The North East Forest Alliance is appealing to the Environment Protection Authority to re-instate the requirement for pre-logging nocturnal surveys to identify den trees for the Endangered Southern Greater Glider, given that the EPA have justified stopping logging in Tallaganda State Forest on the grounds that the Forestry Corporation have not identified all their den trees.
Across the north-coast of NSW the Forestry Corporation have not identified a single Southern Greater Glider den tree since 2018 in any of the 85,000 ha of native forests they are actively, and proposing, logging this year1, because in 2018 the requirements for pre-logging surveys for most species were removed, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.
MEDIA RELEASE 23 July 2023
With logging now underway in Myrtle State Forest, NEFA is calling on the Minns Government to immediately halt logging of habitat vital to the recovery of Koalas in Myrtle and Braemar State forests (south of Casino), by reinstating pre-logging Koala surveys and protecting core Koala habitat.
With roading complete, 2000 ha of Myrtle State Forest was closed to public access and logging started there last week. Nearby, 500 ha of Braemar State Forest has also been roaded and marked up for logging.
“Myrtle and Braemar State forests are both identified as Nationally Important Koala Areas that were badly burnt in the 2019/20 wildfires, killing many of their resident Koalas. Despite this, recent surveys have proved that most patches of preferred koala feed trees are still being utilised by Koalas” NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.
“Logging of more than 75% of the larger feed trees (>30cm diameter) that Koalas need to rebuild their numbers will be devastating for populations already severely impacted by the fires.
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MEDIA RELEASE 17 May 2023
The North East Forest Alliance is calling on people to take action to protect one of the most important Koala habitats on the Richmond River Lowlands in response to the Forestry Corporation commencing logging in Braemar State Forest (south of Casino).
Four days after the election of the Minns Government the Forestry Corporation released their plan to log over 5,000 mature Koala feed trees in compartments 6 and 7 of Braemar State Forest, and last week they began roading operations, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.
“They are obviously taking advantage of the chaos after the election of the new Government to log this habitat before the incoming Minns government can implement their promise to protect Koala habitat.
NEFA is asking people to urgently write to the new Environment Minister Penny Sharp and the new Forestry Minister Tara Moriarty asking them to immediately stop logging of this important Koala habitat in Braemar State Forest
Photo: one of Braemar’s Koalas that survived the fires, whose home is now proposed for logging.
For additional information see Time to Stop Logging Koalas to ExtinctionRead more
MEDIA RELEASE 27 April 2023
The North East Forest Alliance is renewing calls to end the logging of public native forests in light of a report detailing that NSW taxpayers will reap a $45 million benefit from stopping logging of North East NSW’s public forests immediately.
With logging causing populations of many forest dependent species to rapidly decline, spreading weeds, causing widespread dieback, reducing stream flows, and increasing fire risk, there is a need for immediate action, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.
“As climate heating gathers momentum, the increasing temperatures, droughts, heatwaves and wildfires are compounding impacts.
“We urgently need to help our forests recover from past abuses, to allow them to sequester atmospheric carbon out of harms way, regrow big trees for nectar and hollows, and regain their natural resilience.
“And we can make money at the same time” Mr. Pugh said.Read more
MEDIA RELEASE Monday 17th April, 2023
Forest advocates are celebrating a win this week following an EPA order that FCNSW ‘cease operations’ across Doubleduke State Forest while giant trees are properly mapped.
“This is excellent news, and what the community has been fighting for for months,” said ecologist Anastasia Guise, who has been involved in citizen science surveys of the forest. “Our citizen science team have documented an incredible number of giant trees in this forest, hundreds of years old.”
“All trees over 100 years old should not be logged at all. This is part of the largest forested wetland in northern NSW and an important stronghold in the State for the three large forest owls, the Powerful, Masked and Barking Owls. A colleague also recorded the Sooty Owl last week. These species are all listed as vulnerable and at threat of extinction. Another stronghold was the Pilliga – but that’s being trashed by CSG.”
“The forest is also core koala habitat, with dozens of felled trees covered in koala and glider scratches, and documented reckless damage to retained koala feed trees” Ms Guise said.
On 28 and 29 March 2022 our case against the Commonwealth and NSW Governments challenging the validity of the North East NSW Regional Forest Agreement was held in the Federal Court. It is likely to be some months before Justice Perry hands down her judgement.
For 30 years NEFA has been taking action for our forests. When we formed in 1989, our aims were the protection of rainforest, oldgrowth, wilderness and threatened species. NEFA has doggedly pursued these goals including through rallies, blockades, court cases, submissions, lobbying, and protracted negotiations.Read more
Media Release January 9, 2023
Long-time forest campaigner and NEFA spokesperson, Susie Russell, was arrested today at Bulga State Forest.and given bail conditions prohibiting her from entering into any part of the Bulga Forest.
The arrest came as the Save Bulga Forest community ramped up their campaign of civil disobedience calling for an end to logging native forests and in particular the Bulga Forest.
“It was clear I was singled out for arrest”, Ms Russell said. “There were about 30 people on site supporting the young tripod-sitter. I was there, but diligently keeping outside the boundary of the closed area, which was tricky because the distance that was closed was not specified in the closure notice, so I erred on the side of caution.
MEDIA RELEASE 14 November 2022
The North East Forest Alliance is celebrating the withdrawal of the Government’s Private Native Forestry Bill at the eleventh hour, providing a reprieve for koalas and communities until after the next election.
We would particularly like to thank the Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest for threatening to cross the floor and vote against his own Government’s bill, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.
“This is the second time that these same proposed legislative changes have been defeated by a member of the Government, last time it was Catherine Cusack crossing the floor to defeat the Local Land Services Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill.Read more
MEDIA RELEASE 11 November 2022
Perrottet’s Private Native Forestry logging bill is an all-out assault on Koalas, while taking away community rights to have a say in how, when and where logging occurs by giving them to the National Party controlled Local Land Services.
The Liberal-National government has removed protection for Koala habitat on State forests, now Perrottet intends to put the nail in their coffin by stopping protection of core Koala habitat on private lands, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said
Perrottet has gone further to ensure that in the future any high conservation value forest that a council includes in an environmental zone will also be able to be logged, while removing council’s ability to require consent for logging, and extending logging approvals to 30 years.
“It is a death sentence for our endangered Koalas, and an attack on our rights to protect them.Read more
MEDIA RELEASE 31 October 2022
The North East Forest Alliance urges the NSW Government to obtain its own costings for stopping the logging of public native forests in light of Frontier Economic’s estimate that a generous government-funded structural adjustment package, including for the 1,000 affected workers, would only cost $302 million, with this cost greatly outweighed by a range of positive economic and environmental benefits.
Frontier Economic’s report ‘Transition support for the NSW native forest sector’ prepared for WWF, and released at The Vanishing Koala conference on the weekend, makes it clear that we would be far better off economically if we stopped logging public forests, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.
“By stopping logging of public native forests we can re-direct the immense public subsidies into assisting affected workers and communities transition, while realising real economic and environmental benefits from avoiding CO2 emissions, increasing carbon storage, increasing tourism, increasing water yields and restoring habitats of threatened species, such as the Koala.
Clearing of high quality Koala habitat for plantation, Wild Cattle Creek State Forest, 2022.Read more