The North East Forest Alliance is alarmed over the 291,700 ha of native vegetation cleared in NSW over the 8 years 2009 to 2016, particularly with the 80% increase in deforestation in 2016-17.
"If we want to redress our climate emergency it is essential that we retain and enhance our forests to take up and store the carbon we emit. The NSW Government needs to stop deforestation not increase it", said NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.
Photo: In 2018 the Government increased logging intensity and zoned 140,000 ha of public forests for clearfelling.Read more
LIBERAL'S KOALA PROMISES TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
MEDIA RELEASE 3/5/2019
NEFA today welcomed the Liberal Party's commitment of $6 million to protect Koalas in north-east NSW's and south-east Queensland as too little too late.
If the Morrison Government really wanted to do something about Koalas then they would amend their Regional Forest Agreements to protect Koala habitat and prepare the required Recovery Plan, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.Read more
Burning forests for electricity:
“Really Crazy Stuff”
says Jack Thompson
Media Release 02/05/2019
The North East Forest Alliance today released it's clip of Jack Thompson's response to burning trees in power stations to generate electricity.
“It's hard to believe, that there are plans to cut our forests, turn it into pellets and burn them in wood-fired power stations. That's really crazy stuff,” Jack says.
“We're in a climate emergency. We need to stop emitting carbon dioxide now! Who speaks for the trees? We all can! It's time to Stand Up for the Forests Now!” he said.
“Jack Thompson echoes the sentiments of almost everyone we've talked to,” said NEFA spokesperson Susie Russell.
Roadshow to tour the North Coast.
This award-winning film will be screened across the north coast over the next two weeks.
“Many people saw the film Gaslands and this spear-headed the movement against fracking.People power in the Northern Rivers region rejected this destructive activity and energy source. This film is to forests, what Gaslands was to fracking,” said Susie Russell, who has galvanised the collaboration of the participating organisations.
“The idea that whole forests are being cleared and burnt in power stations instead of coal seems crazy, but increasingly that is what is happening around the world and Australian governments want to see it happen here too.
Forestry belatedly fined $16,500 for clearing and logging the exclusion zone of Endangered plant in Gibberagee
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined the Forestry Corporation $16,500 for clearing and logging within an exclusion zone for the nationally Endangered Narrow-leaf Melichrus in Gibberagee State Forest (east of Whiporie) in September 2017, though refuse to acknowledge that it was as a consequence of a NEFA complaint.
The Narrow-leaf Melichrus is named Melichrus sp. gibberagee as it is yet to be formally described. This species was discovered during pre-logging surveys brokered with the Minister for Forests by NEFA in 1997. It is only known from a single population in Gibberagee State Forest, and on adjacent private property. It is now listed as Endangered by both NSW and Commonwealth Governments.Read more
Labor's climate change policy leaves forests in the firing line.
“Federal Labor's climate change policy released today is potentially disastrous for Australia's native forests,” said NEFA spokesperson Susie Russell.
“In a week where we've seen even the National Party Federal Agriculture Minister recognise the importance of forests in sequestering carbon, the Labor Party has completely ignored one of country's most important carbon capture and storage systems, its forests.
“Worse than that, they have pledged millions of dollars to develop a bioenergy industry both here and via exports. The only current fuel source of scale for bioenergy is native forests. The burning of wood for electricity is a major international perversion of greenhouse gas accounting rules, that sees it counted as a no emission energy, when in reality it produces more carbon dioxide than coal for the same amount of energy produced, as well as removing the trees needed to absorb the carbon released,” she said.
March 21 is International Day of Forests, so it was fitting that several tree spirits invaded the former timber town of Wauchope, on the mid-north coast, to speak for the trees.
The spirits moved up and down the High Street. They inserted themselves into the Wauchope murals, placed themselves artistically along the main street to engage passersby, visited the pre-poll station, called in to the National Party office and read poetry outside the supermarket.
Timber NSW using grossly inflated job and economic impacts to deny Koalas needed protection
MEDIA RELEASE - 21 March 2019
The North East Forest Alliance maintains that Timber NSW's claims of job losses due to the creation of the Great Koala National Park are inflated more than 6 fold and are insignificant compared to the 7,400 jobs they have shed in the past decade.Read more
“The NSW election will likely seal the fate of our forests and the animals that inhabit them,” said NEFA spokesperson Susie Russell.
“If re-elected the COALition has made it clear that 1 million tonnes of trees from north-east NSW are available to be burned in power stations. 1. Whether burned locally or overseas, it won't matter to the atmosphere, and the drastic impact on our forests will be the same.
“Forestry Corporation of NSW and Boral Timber have been on a delegation to Japan 2. and told the Japanese that they can supply the wood for Japan's biomass burning industry. Unfortunately the Japanese are building wood-fired power stations to replace their nuclear reactors. They will take all the wood Australia sends.
“If these deals go ahead our publicly owned State Forests will be stripped to bare earth in many places and the forest will be reduced to seedlings.
“Koalas will see their strongholds demolished by big machines. Claims by National MPs that logging doesn't go ahead where there are koalas is a lie. And Government claims that koalas aren't bothered by logging is another of their 'alternative facts',” she said. 3.
NEFA STUDY REVEALS 2,500 HA OF OEH PRIORITY KOALA HABITAT LOGGED IN PAST 4 YEARS
MEDIA RELEASE - 15 March 2019
A NEFA study has identified that over the past 4 years the Forestry Corporation has logged 2,500 hectares of Koala habitat delineated by the Office of Environment and Heritage as the highest priority for protection in NSW.
Satellite image of claimed selective logging of a Koala Hub in Wang Wauk State Forest in December 2018. Koalas cannot survive this intensity of logging in their core habitat.Read more