The proposed 10-year Forest Management Plan was released in July following approval by the EPA. It would allow a massive increase in logging of our precious south-west forests.
Please add your name to the online petition now.
This will go to your local MP, Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Premier Barnett. Share through your networks and together let’s get thousands of names in support of our forests.
If it is implemented to the upper limit, more than double the current area of forest would be logged each year. That means the destruction of up to 2,000 square kilometres of forest over the next decade! 10,000 Subiaco ovals of forest a year!
In fact under this plan, a quarter of all the forest not protected in conservation reserves could be logged in just one decade.
We simply cannot allow this to happen.
Ask our government to scrap this forest destruction plan and instead protect our unique forests and native wildlife.
What happens next?
The appeals period is over and it is now up to the appeals convener to consider the appeals and recommend the final plan to the Minster for Environment. We then have until October or November before the Minister publishes his decision. During this time we all need to make sure that our voices are heard.
Native forest bioenergy? No Way!
We know logging is not only destructive and polluting; it is also unviable and operating at a loss to taxpayers. In an attempt to revive the dying native forest logging industry, the plan allows for increased logging of ‘low value’ logs. This invites a new industry that could strip our forests and use the wood as fuel for generating electricity or biofuels such as ethanol (bioenergy).
We can be proud of the forest protection we have already achieved in Western Australia. Let’s stand together now and tell government that our forests are worth more standing; as habitat for wildlife, carbon stores and community heritage.
See our media release here.
Image: Native forests not furnaces, Paul Kimbell.