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Send DEC's shocking logging plan back to the drawing board!
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The WA Government’s scoping document for forest management over the next decade reveals devastating plans to continue and even increase loss-making logging operations at the expense of numbats, cockatoos and other endangered animals that are already on the brink of extinction.
The proposal maps out a disaster for our forests and the many threatened animals that rely on them for survival.
The scoping document confirms that the Government has no intention of protecting the huge natural carbon stores in our native forests (or even assessing their value). A new industry in protecting and managing forest carbon could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars and provide many new sustainable jobs in Southwest communities, yet the WA Government would rather let a subsidised and destructive logging industry destroy this opportunity.
Even though a review of the current Forest Management plan found logging in forests impacted by climate change was unsustainable, this new proposal does nothing to address this critical issue.
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The scoping document does nothing to address the frequent breaches of logging guidelines by logging contractors and the Forest Products Commission, or the lack of any legal powers to enforce such guidelines. Given that the logging industry is exempt from Commonwealth environmental legislation, this proposal would allow thousands of hectares of high-conservation value forests to be destroyed by a loss-making logging industry in a virtually unregulated way.
Tell the EPA to reject the WA Government’s disastrous forest logging plans and instead demand a plan for sustainable forest management in WA’s Southwest.