A NSW Government review of Regional Forest Agreements has been described as a smokescreen by long-time forest campaigner Dailan Pugh of the North East Foresty Alliance.
The North East Forest Alliance has hit out at calls from the Department of Primary Industries for up to 18,000 North Coast farmers to consider logging their properties, saying it is ‘targeting the best koala habitat left on private land for intensified logging'.
A demonstration has been sparked for this Thursday by the destruction of high value forest and koala habitat through illegal logging and road building in Environment Protection Zones (EPZ) near Limpinwood, between Chillingham and Tyalgum.
Tweed Shire Council has found unauthorised clearing in the Environmental Protection Zone in Limpinwood by landowner, Hewittville Holdings.
The North East Forest Alliance has accused the NSW Forestry Corporation of deliberately logging in areas that could impact on the future survival of an endangered native freshwater fish.
Koala song monitoring is helping track and map koala populations and the North East Forest Alliance are calling on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to place a clearing and logging moratorium on the high quality habitat identified.
The Forestry Corporation picked the International Day of Forests to write to North East Forest Alliance auditor Dailan Pugh threatening him with a $2,200 fine if he returns to meet with the Environment Protection Authority or audit Gibberagee State Forest.
A representative of the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) was ejected from a meeting that he called with the Environment Protection Authority at Gibberagee State Forest after it was ‘gatecrashed by the Forestry Corporation’.
A north coast environment group has lashed the EPA, which has issued NSW Forestry Corporation with not one cent in fines despite proof the corporation flouted its compliance obligations at Cherry Tree State Forest, near Casino.
‘Stand up for koalas or they won't survive in the wild’ is the warning call from the North East Forest Alliance, which has accused the state government of carrying out a koala extermination program.
North coast conservationists are supporting a call for an inquiry into Wood Supply Agreements for public lands in North East NSW following revelations a key contract has been secretly extended.
One of the region’s key environmental groups has warned that the precious habitat in the Richmond and Clarence river valleys could be ruined and endangered species lost if EPA plans to loosen logging rules are allowed to proceed.
State environmental groups are outraged over the failure by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to prosecute the state 's forestry agency for illegally bulldozing and destroying threatened wildlife habitat at Whian Whian north of Lismore in 2013.
A freedom of information request by a north coast environment group has revealed that an ‘independent’ panel of the EPA advising on threatened species is dominated by serving and former NSW Forestry staff.
Caroline Joseph, Belingen. North East Communities demand an independent investigation into the substantive evidence offered by NEFA about multiple breaches by FC NSW at Whian Whian which still remain unanswered by the EPA. Why did the EPA approve the actions of FC NSW and issue inadequate fines with no requirement for restoration, two years later?
The EPA has fined Forest Corporation of NSW $11,000 for private native forestry breaches that took place during a controversial forestry operation in Whian Whian in September and October 2013. But NEFA says the EPA is itself partly to blame for the breaches.
Conservation groups have called on NSW environment minister Mark Speakman to intervene and stop logging of core koala habitat in state forests near Casino.
Dailan Pugh, NEFA spokesperson. NEFA is dismayed that the government's reaction to the exposure of the Forestry Corporation's ongoing destruction of core koala habitat, and blatant flouting of environmental laws, in Royal Camp State Forest is to change the laws to reduce protection for Koalas and other threatened species.
NEFA has accused the EPA of ‘intentionally misleading’ the community by claiming that unmapped streams in state forests in the Richmond catchment are not currently required to be protected by 10-metre buffers.
Labor has come under attack for stitching up a deal with the Coalition government to reduce the Renewable Energy Target. The Greens say the deal will mean fewer jobs and less clean energy on the north coast.
The north coast’s rich biodiversity is under grave threat from a shock announcement by the coalition just two days out of the election that if re-elected it will repeal the state’s major protection laws for threatened species and native vegetation.
‘Phantom’ timber that was ‘gifted’ to the logging industry is now turning into real cash – millions of dollars for millers – and there are no hollow logs to pull it from, says a north coast forest group.
Conservationists are hoping Labor's promise to create a Great Koala National Park, coupled with Boral’s decision to exit the hardwood timber industry on the north coast, could throw a lifeline to our dwindling koala populations.
Koala campaigners are urging the state environment minister to permanently protect koalas in the Royal Camp State Forest near Casino threatened by the controversial logging over the past few years from serial offender Forestry Corporation.
The North Coast Environment Council and North East Forestry Alliance, together with two other NSW conservation groups, are threatening to withdraw from a government consultation process it describes as deeply flawed.