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I am writing, as an individual and as a member of the Caldera Environment Centre, which is under the umbrella of the Nature Conservation Council ( NCC), in support of its decision to withdraw from the proposed NSW government logging review.

The trigger for this decision was the appointment to the review board of an official of the Forestry Corporation. This is the group that has been pushing strongly for the opening up of national parks to logging mature forest.

The Nature Conservation Council represents 120 community environmental organisations from across the state. It has had a longstanding interest in forest conservation and regulation of forestry activities.

According to information contained in the submission by Dailan Pugh, from the North East Forest Alliance, also a member of the NCC, ‘the Forestry Corporation have proven time after time that they will not willingly provide the needed protection for threatened species and ecosystems, nor implement the requirements to limit soil erosion and stream pollution. More rigorous prescriptions and independent regulations are required, not less. The requirements for surveys and the identification of core habitats for threatened species and ecosystems need to be undertaken independently of the Forestry Corporation.’ (See full submission at IFOA_Remake_NEFA) submission

The submission details the importance of protecting our finite, sensitive natural resources rather than exploiting them for limited short term financial gain.

I feel disheartened, that hard-won environmental protection measures are being eroded again and yet, I am more determined to do what I can to work together with like-minded people for the protection of the environment.

Ari Ehrlich, Tyalgum

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