NSW must follow Victoria’s lead on ending native forestry logging by the end of the year

National Parks Association President Dr Grahame Douglas welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision to accelerate shutting down public native forestry by the end of 2023, drastically moving forward the original deadline of 2030.

‘It’s a relief to see a State Government acknowledging that we are running out of time to protect our last remaining forests and forest dependant fauna. Now’s the time for the NSW Government to follow suit and end the logging that is driving our forests and unique wildlife to extinction’ said Dr Douglas.

Forestry Corporation caught again in the Coffs Harbour Region 

National Parks Association of NSW President, Dr Grahame Douglas said recent reports of severe damage to an environmentally sensitive private property (NBN news story 10 April 2023) is yet another example of why Forestry Corporation cannot be trusted to continue logging within the proposed Great Koala National Park. 

NSW’s most significant koala populations under threat from logging plans  

NPA NSW is concerned that Forestry Corporation is fast tracking plans to clear-fell some of NSW’s most important koala habitat in the Coffs Harbour-North Bellingen region. 

‘We are calling on the shareholder ministers of the Forestry Corporation, the Minister for Agriculture and the Treasurer, to immediately suspend planned clear felling operations in Pine Creek and Tuckers Nob State Forests, said NPA President Dr Grahame Douglas.  

Forestry Corporation admits that it hasn’t yet wiped out all threatened species in NSW 

National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) welcomes NSW’s taxpayer-owned Forestry Corporation’s public acknowledgement that our state forests still offer suitable habitat for iconic threatened species, including koalas, yellow-bellied gliders, parma wallabies, and quolls.  

Time for an moratorium on all logging of native forests in the Great Koala National Park 

The National Parks Association welcomes today’s commitment by the NSW Greens to end logging in NSW’s public native forests and calls on all parliamentarians to work towards this goal.   

NPA President Dr Grahame Douglas said that, while a move to 100% generation of construction timber from plantations has become inevitable, it is essential that we protect the biodiversity jewels of our public native forests from any further damage while that transition is underway.  

NPA NSW says Forestry Corporation’s decision to log old growth, rainforest, and koala feed trees in Great Koala National Park logging cope is appalling

Gary Dunnett, CEO of National Parks Association of NSW stated ‘With an impending election, one where the alternate government has signaled strong support for the Great Koala National Park (GKNP), it is entirely inappropriate that native forests proposed for permanent protection be logged’.