The Greens have long held that areas of high wilderness value, rainforest, ‘old growth’ forests, town water catchments and habitat of threatened species should be fully protected.

David Shoebridge, Carol, PL,  3 Mar 15 136 (800x536)Recent reports have shown that even the current weak protections are breached systematically by logging operators. State Forests, rather than being managed appropriately and providing important protections for biodiversity, are instead being harvested at unsustainable rates and in many cases are being selectively harvested to change them from mixed forest to plantations of more desirable wood.

In many forests that David has visited, including the unique Bermagui State Forest on the South Coast, loggers argue that they preserve the “visual amenity” of the forest by leaving buffer zones by the sides of roads which are not cut down. Retaining the outermost trees and razing everything inside forests is not a satisfactory model for forest management, any more than leaving the facades of buildings whilst knocking down the rest of the walls would be.

Koala empty habitatIn other forests in NSW, for instance those on the mid north coast, we have received reports of clear-fell logging and other operations in breach of local forestry contracts. The Regional Forest Agreements that cover these forests allow loggers to extract timber far exceeding the wood volumes that can be sustainably provided by native forests. In some areas there are estimates that over 50 acres a day are being cleared.

It is estimated that the South East Fibre Exports chip mill at Eden in NSW will export one million tonnes of woodchips this year mainly to Japan to be made into paper. Most of this wood comes from irreplaceable native forests in NSW rather than the existing hardwood plantations. This process needs to be urgently phased out.

Major shifts in NSW forest policy are urgently required in order to achieve the protection of forest and wilderness resources, ecologically sustainable forest management and resolutions to ongoing community conflict. These forests are part of our shared natural heritage and deserve urgent protection.

Our leaflet about the impact forestry operations have on native animals in NSW is available for download here: Forestry and Animals

The Greens are committed to protecting our forests for the future, see our full Forestry package here.

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Greens bushwalking club: join now!

As part of our campaigning to protect wild places (and as a respite from campaigning!) we plan regular bushwalks around NSW with Greens members and supporters. Where possible we have local environmental or Aboriginal heritage experts with us, and we’ll often go on walks that include sites of important environmental or heritage significance. Are you […]

Environmental breaches lead to call for halt to Tarkeeth logging

Serious concerns about Forestry Corporations logging practices and potential environmental breaches should deliver a stop-work order and intervention from the Environmental Protection Agency. Though some of the logged forest is plantation, Forestry Corporation’s clear-felling practices means that erosion and run off will affect a far broader area than just what is being logged. Greens MP […]

Greens MP David Shoebridge joins protest to protect the Tarkeeth

There is a growing call for Bellingen’s beautiful Tarkeeth State Forest to be protected from Forestry Corporation, with Greens MP, Justice and Forestry Spokesperson David Shoebridge joining out the front of Parliament with environmental activists protesting today. While Forest protectors protested outside NSW Parliament, The Greens moved a motion inside calling for an end to […]

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It’s unanimous – time for NSW to protect privacy

The right to privacy needs statutory protection, and NSW should act to deliver this reform as a priority, according to a unanimous Parliamentary report delivered today into remedies for serious breaches of privacy. Whether it is protecting citizens from the damage caused by big data breaches, or practical remedies to prevent the publication of humiliating […]

Crucial South East Forests protected after years of campaigning

In a significant win for forests, and as a direct result of years of campaigning by forest protectors, 12,000 hectares of South Coast Forests in Murrah, Mumballa and Tanja State Forests are to be declared Flora reserves today. The conservation of these forests means some of the last identified koala habitat in the South East […]

The weakest link in Parliamentary accountability

Questions on notice and questions on the floor of Parliament are an important accountability measure for the Government, yet it seems increasingly that Ministers are not taking them seriously, and even actively avoiding providing information. Where information is simple information, or the kind of information that the Minister must have in order to effectively do […]

8 long years of logging

Aerial shots of Glenbog State Forest tracked through GoogleMaps show the extent of the devastation from NSW Forestry Corporation’s native forest logging. Glenbog provides important habitat for many animals, including a large number of bare nosed wombats. In 2014 it was shown that logging in the area had bulldozed wombat burrows, effectively burying up to […]

Protecting our forests for the future

Logging in the state forests has cost NSW more than $43 million over the past three years – money that would be better spent promoting tourism in the regions. Each hectare felled costs NSW taxpayers $495, with the losses in 2013-14 alone reaching almost $12 million. The Greens have a detailed package to protect this State’s […]

Environmental vandalism lands Forestry Corporation a $15,000 fine

Forestry Corporation has been issued a $15,000 fine from the NSW Environment Protection Agency as a result of its environmentally destructive clear-felling of Tuckers Nob State Forest on the State’s mid-north coast. The fine, while significant, is far from equal to the extent of the environmental damage caused by Forestry Corporation’s destructive forestry practices. The […]

Sawmill owners ‘forced’ to destroy Pilliga forest in NSW

After years of appalling environmental damage by Forestry Corporation, sawmillers from the Pilliga have joined with the Greens in calling for a buyout of Forestry Corporation’s unsustainable and environmentally destructive wood supply agreements. As reported by the ABC: Sawmill owners in western New South Wales fear they are destroying the Pilliga forest in order to […]