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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PAGE AND RICHMOND

On World Environment Day 2016, Northern Rivers Environment Groups met to discuss the forthcoming election. Candidates for the electorates of Page and Richmond will be asked to state their positions on environment issues.

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Minister must stop illegal clearfelling

Conservationists are calling on the Minster for the Environment, Mr Mark Speakman, to enforce the state’s logging rules and direct the NSW Forestry Corporation (FCNSW) to cease their unacceptable and illegal practice of clearfelling in the public native forests across the NSW north coast.

“The FCNSW is clearfelling huge swathes across north coast public native forests and has been doing so since 2009, in a clear breach of the conditions of the logging approval called the Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA). FCNSW misleadingly call these large clearfelled areas – some over 100 hectares in size – “Single Tree Selection” (STS).” said North East Forest Alliance spokesperson Lyn Orrego.

“The Minister has now acknowledged, through a letter written by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) on his behalf, that this type of harvesting “practiced by the FCNSW, is not consistent with the definition and intent of STS (Single Tree Selection) in the Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA) as well as FCNSW’s own silvicultural guidelines.” (1) So we have an acknowledgement from the regulator that FCNSW is operating outside their approval conditions yet the Minister will do nothing about it,” she said.

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INDEPENDENT INQUIRY ONLY WAY TO SORT OUT TIMBER INDUSTRY MESS

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) is calling on the Baird Government to hold an independent public inquiry into the gross mismanagement of State forests.

NEFA spokesperson, Dailan Pugh, said the privatisation of timber resources from public lands has proven to be a very expensive failure that has resulted in the public paying millions of dollars in compensation and subsidies to private companies, gross over-logging, and the widespread degradation of public forests.

"Yields from public forests are still declining as large sawlogs become rarer. Australian Solar Timber's laying off of 18 workers is just another indicator of the collapse of the timber industry based on public native forests due to gross over-logging.

kerewong"The NSW Government are not only running down the resource, they are severely degrading our public forests, they are leaving us with depleted wildlife, damaged soils, sick streams, severe weed infestations and spreading dieback. It will cost millions more to repair the mess.

"Our public forests are not being managed in the public's best interests.

"This is the result of secretive backroom political deals and cronyism. It is well past time for an open, public and independent inquiry into why NSW taxpayers have had to pay millions of dollars to private companies to unsustainably log public forests.

"With the hardwood sawlog industry based on public native forests in terminal decline an inquiry needs to consider the best future use of our degraded State forests, the costs of rehabilitating them, and who should pay to fix the mess" Mr. Pugh said.

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CONSERVATIONISTS SUPPORT TIMBER INQUIRY

Conservationists meeting over the weekend at Bellingen agreed to support calls by Australian Solar Timbers boss Douglas Head, for an inquiry into Wood Supply Agreements for public lands in North East NSW.

The North East Forest Alliance and the North Coast Environment Council have serious concerns that the people of NSW have been misled on the wood contract issue.

"When the then Minister Katrina Hodgkinson announced the decision by the NSW Government in 2014 to buyback 50,000 cubic metres of sawlogs a year from Boral Timber for $8.55 million she said 'we have focused on reducing demand rather than trying to increase supply'", NCEC Vice-President Susie Russell said.

"Nowhere in the media announcements was the information that while the contracts had been reduced between 2015 to 2023, they had also been extended for a further 5 years, to 2028.

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