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Review of evidence concludes Regional Forest Agreements a failed model for forest management  (Parks Protection News)

Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) that have been the framework for public forest management in NSW for 20 years have failed to achieve any of their top-line aims, a new study has found.

The Agreements, which were the centrepiece of the peace deal that ended the “Forest Wars” of the 1980s and 1990s, were supposed to lead to:

  • Creation of a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of forest reserves;
  • Implementation and enforcement of ecologically sustainable forest management practices;
  • Development of a viable, ecologically sustainable timber industry;
  • Ongoing research into ecological, economic, and social aspect of forest management.

Overhaul of feral animal control needed

Leading conservation organisations are urging the NSW Government to fully implement the recommendations of the NSW Natural Resources Commission’s Pest Animal Management Review, which was released today.

The groups strongly endorse the review’s recommendation that feral deer now be declared a pest species and managed appropriately. Currently deer are managed as “game” and government policies are assisting their spread.

Holistic plan for environment a welcome change  (Park Protection News)

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) welcomes Labor’s ambitious plan for environmental protection, (Labor’s Plan For Our Environment, Tuesday 17th March 2015).

Several elements of the plan are long-standing NPA advocacy positions, including the creation of the Great Koala National Park and a Sydney Marine Park, World Heritage listing for eucalypt forests in the Forests of Eastern Australia Biodiversity Hotspot and the continued expansion of the national parks network.

The commitment by Labor to impose a state wide moratorium on coal seam gas (CSG) and implementation of permanent ‘no-go zones’ around national parks and Ramsar wetlands is also reassuring to NPA members, many of whom have become increasingly concerned about the rampant expansion of CSG.

NPA CEO Kevin Evans said ‘it’s great news that a major party has finally recognised that nature underpins the fabric of our society and that nature should not be destroyed for short-term profits.’

‘Of course, it’s easy to make promises in opposition so we will make sure that we remind Labor of their commitments should they gain power in two weeks’ time.’

NPA Science Officer Oisín Sweeney said ‘it’s exciting that Labor have committed to filling the gaps in our national park network and pursuing World Heritage listing for our incredible eucalypt forests and rainforests.’

‘The NPA has been vocal for some time on the problems facing koalas which led us to call for the Great Koala National Park. We are in serious danger of losing koalas in NSW.’

‘The commitment to convene a Koala Summit is therefore welcome—though a national summit may be better to allow NSW to learn from other states where koalas are doing better.’

NPA Marine spokesperson John Turnbull also welcomed the plan, particularly the commitment to create a Sydney Marine Park, lift the moratorium on the creation of new marine parks and reinstate protection for the critically endangered Grey Nurse Shark.

Scrapping the Native Vegetation Act would be a black day for nature in NSW 

Conservation groups are appalled by the Coalition’s announcement today that it will seek to repeal the Native Vegetation Act if returned to government this Saturday.

“This is a black day for the state’s threatened wildlife and fragile soils,” Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said. “The Native Vegetation Act is among the most important nature conservation laws in NSW because it protects so much of the state’s wildlife like koalas and gliders from indiscriminate destruction. If new laws weaken protections for land and wildlife, Mike Baird will be remembered as the Premier who took us back to the dark days of broad scale land clearing.”

The Coalition announces its vision for agriculture in NSW – native vegetation gets the chop!  (Park Protection News)

The National Parks Association of NSW is disappointed with the Coalition partners’ decision to repeal the Native Vegetation Act.

“The Liberal/Nationals government has missed the point entirely about looking after the interests of our farming community and wildlife,” NPA CEO Kevin Evans said.

Threatened species funding is welcome, but Coalition must also defend our land clearing laws

“Increased funding to ensure the survival of the states 970 threatened species is always welcome,” NSW National Parks Association CEO Kevin Evans said.

“The NSW Government’s Save Our Species model is starting to provide a holistic framework for species recovery planning and will hopefully improve conservation outcomes.