Images have emerged which show continued logging operations in NSW native forests by Forestry Corporation contractors despite the threat of bushfires around the state.

Locals have expressed concern at seeing mature trees hauled on logging trucks while the trees in other local forests are succumbing to a record fire season. A moratorium should be implemented while habitat and biodiversity losses are assessed and the role of the public native forest estate can be evaluated.

Greens MP and Forests Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“We know that communities around NSW are suffering, and continuing native forest logging operations as business as usual is completely inappropriate.

“Koala habitat has been decimated across the state and we should urgently be reviewing what reserve habitat is available in publicly owned native forests to help protect this iconic species.

“There are many other species who have also been displaced by the fires, and our publicly owned native forests should be sanctuaries for them.

“Logging is a known risk factor for fires – with logged forests often much drier, and log dumps providing reserves of fuel that can intensify fires.

“There should clearly be a moratorium on logging native forest while the fire season continues.

“Victoria have stepped in and begun to wind up the damaging loss-making native forest logging in that State and NSW must be next in line,” Mr Shoebridge said