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Help Stop Climate Change – Protect Our Forests – For Now, and For Future Generations

Put An End To Native Forest Logging and Woodchipping

"There is much uncertainty on the effects of climate change, but one of the certainties is that deforestation is one of the biggest causes"

95% of our trees go to the chipmill to be chipped and sent in a ship to be made into cardboard

South East Fibre Exports (the Eden chipmill) is now owned by a $2 Company - Australian Natural Wood Exports

The Forestry Corporation NSW (the State run agency) loses $11M-$14M every year in the native forest division

STOP PRESS

SEFR'S 2016 STATE OF THE SOUTH EAST FOREST REPORT OUT NOW!!!

Damning Report on the Failure of 20 years of Regional Forest Agreements in the South of NSW


“Under the RFA legal framework, Eden woodchipping hit record levels and has been the benchmark for intensive logging, leaving a cruel and destructive legacy,” according to Deputy Convener of the South East Region Conservation Alliance (SERCA), Harriett Swift.

“The RFAs never recognised that forests are more valuable economically and environmentally – for attracting tourists, storing carbon, securing water supplies and soils and providing a home and a future for wildlife than as woodchips.”

“This needs to change,” she said.

The SEFR report comes just weeks after an economic report by the Australia Institute showed that losses from native forest logging cost taxpayers $78 million over the past seven years in subsidies, and that jobs in native forest logging were as low as 600 state-wide.

The expiry of the Eden RFA in 2019 provides a wonderful opportunity for the State and Federal Governments to manage native forests for much higher values than woodchips and to lift a heavy burden on NSW taxpayers.

“All eyes will be on Eden as the first and worst RFA in NSW as the expiry date approaches,” she said.

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FCNSW 2014/2015 Pulp Volume figures just out explode the myth – Logging South East Forests IS PULP DRIVEN & Unlawful

Sthn       30 329 m3

Eden    222 399 m3

Total    252 728 m3 woodchipped

             128 892 m3 other

 

SINCE 1998

NO MATTER HOW HUGE THE ENVIRONNMENTAL DAMAGE

people CANNOT TAKE the Forestry Corporation NSW and their authorised contractors TO COURT

Due to enactment of the Forestry Act 2012 (NSW) s 69ZA, which was then s 40 of the Forestry and National Park Estate Act 1998 (NSW)

NSW Forestry activities in publicly owned native forests are governed under 20 year Regional Forest Agreements – bilateral agreements between Commonwealth and state governments signed between February 1997 and April 2001.

 Logging that falls under an NSW RFA is not required to obtain approval under federal or state environment law eg Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1995 (Cth).

Reports by the Environmental Defenders Offices that SEFR contributed to found the state regulators and managers had failed to adequately protect species and habitats under the Regional Forest Agreements.

See  If a Tree Falls, EDO NSW <http://www.edonsw.org.au/if_a_tree_falls_compliance_failures_in_the_public_forests_of_new_south_wales>.

See also EDO Taz <http://www.edotas.org.au/wpcontent/uploads/2013/10/One-Stop-Chop-Final-report.pdf>.

SEFR HAS NOT SEEN A LOGGING ACTIVITY THAT HAS NOT BEEN IN BREACH OF LICENCE AND NON LICENCE CONDITIONS

 

News – All NSW Forest Conservation Groups say LOG OFF!

         February 10, 2015 

         The State’s leading forest conservation groups have united in opposition to native forest logging on public lands. 

         The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) joins SEFR and SERCA in calling for the end of logging of publicly owned native forests in NSW by mid-2018.

         “Native forests are hotspots for a huge variety of wildlife and should be managed to maintain and enhance this biodiversity. The conservation      

          movement is now united in opposition to the continued destruction of forests and wildlife for low-quality forest products,” the NCC said.

         All groups have announced they are opposed to any extension or renewal of Regional Forest Agreements (‘RFAs’) or Integrated Forestry Operations

          Approvals (‘IFOAs’) beyond 2018.


FAQs

Eucalypt forests recovery for removal of CO2 from the atmosphere can take more than a 100 years.

On average the recovery rate is 53 years for 75% carrying capacity; and 152 years for 90% carrying capacity.

Current logging rotations are sometimes barely five years.

The total CO2 emissions caused by native forest logging just on NSW South Coast are over 30MtCO2e every year.

Despite the clear links between climate change, deforestation and forest degradation, native forestry practices continue to remain exempt from legislation in RFA areas.

 The loss of natural forests around the world contributes more to global emissions each year than the transport sector. Curbing deforestation is a highly cost-effective way to reduce emissions.

The Forestry Corporation do not replant after logging native forest, have only 23,000 hectares available for sequestration and rarely do regeneration surveys.

Using mechanical harvesters results in woodchips - from the Horse's Mouth

Along with climate change the biggest threat to listed species on the south coast is the logging and burning of their habitat.  

NSW species, populations or ecological communities threatened with extinction

OFFSETS ARE A COMPLETE CON

Forestry Corporation NSW - Different Name - Same Spin