The annual rate of land-clearing soared 800 per cent in the three years before the Liberal-National government downgraded environmental protections further and made it easier for clearing to occur, new data show.
The NSW Nature Conservation Council are calling for community action to protect old-growth forests and are coordinating a series of free workshops, the Towards Zero Deforestation Roadshow, across the north coast and NSW.
Are the states forests, protected for the last 20 years, still worth protecting? This is the question that the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) is asking.
The North East Forest Alliance maintains that submissions to the NSW Regional Forest Agreements show that the logging of public native forests has lost its social licence and that the community do not support the NSW and Commonwealth government’s proposals to extend the RFAs for 20 more years.
A meeting tonight at Lismore Workers Club will give locals a final chance to express their concerns about the state and federal governments’ plans for logging of public lands over the next 20 years, which have been widely criticised by environment groups.
Proposed changes to the NSW logging rules will remove protections for most threatened species, open up protected old-growth forest for logging, allow intensified logging, establish a clear-felling zone, and reduce buffers on headwater streams.
NSW environment groups are calling on federal Labor to support NSW colleagues and oppose Coalition’s sham Regional Forest Agreement process
Police are still investigating what caused the death of a 24-year-old man conducting logging operations near Casino on Tuesday.
The Greens and conservation groups have condemned the forcible ending of a forest blockade in a high-use koala area near Bellingen after 30 days of sit-ins and lock-ons prevented the removal of old-growth logs.
The state and federal government rule out burning biomass from native forests for electricity after it was revealed the Clean Energy Finance Corporation was lobbying federal MPs to support the proposal.