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Logging in Royal Camp State Forest, southwest of Casino, has been halted following revelations in Echonetdaily yesterday that core koala habitat was in the path of the axe.

Forests NSW says it has ‘received more information about the location of koalas’ in the forest and has ‘suspended harvesting’ while it undertakes further surveys.

Yesterday North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) spokesperson Dailan Pugh told Echonetdaily that logging was ‘underway in one koala high-use area, about to enter another and proposed for two more’.

‘We could see no evidence that Forests NSW had searched for scats. Given how easily we found them in the few areas we searched, we expect they have already logged some high-use areas and that we have only identified a few of the areas they are about to log,’ he added.

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