Traditional Owner's outrage at effect of logging on wildlife
Pibulmum Wadandi Traditional Owner Wayne Webb says he is outraged that logging can continue in vital refuges for threatened species after seeing a Numbat in Warrup forest during an archaeological assessment.
The Environment Minister revealed during parliamentary question time that there has never been a study done on the effects of native forest logging on Numbats, demolishing the timber industry's recent claims that they have proof that logging doesn't impact any wildlife
“"We just spent three days in Warrup forest where we saw a Numbat as well as Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Emu and plenty of Gnuraren, the endangered possum, habitat,” said Traditional Owner Wayne Webb.
"Logging is killing these animals and destroying their chances of breeding and surviving. We all know this but the Government is pushing ahead and continuing to destroy these beautiful places. It's disgraceful what's happening to our forests.” said Mr Webb.
Jess Beckerling, spokesperson for the WA Forest Alliance, agrees and says that attempts by the logging industry to convince the community that logging is harmless to plants, animals and biodiversity are wrong at best.
“The Environment Minister has finally admitted that there has never been a single study done on the impacts of native forest logging on Numbats,” said WAFA spokesperson Jess Beckerling, “this admission comes six weeks after the Minister rejected our requests for protection of the Numbats in Warrup forest. At the time the Minister and his advisors told us that ample research has been done on the effects of logging on wildlife and that all is well for the Numbats.”
I"t has now come to light that destruction of vital habitat for this highly endangered mammal is continuing despite the fact that no study has ever been done on the implications,” said Ms Beckerling.
"We have a State Government so focussed on primary resource extraction that it is allowing even our most well known and loved birds and mammals to be threatened with extinction,” said Ms Beckerling.
Numbats are our State mammal emblem and according to DEC fewer than 1000 of them remain in the wild.
"The research program that the logging industry is relying on doesn't include the Numbat, it also leaves out the Western Ringtail Possum, or Gnuraren, and some of our other most threatened species. It hasn't looked at the karri forest at all and yet industry representatives want us to believe that they can now prove that logging is harmless. It's plainly ridiculous,” Ms Beckerling said.
"Now that the native forest logging industry is in such a bad way, with timber quality having declined and markets withdrawing, there is no logic in continued logging. We have a responsibility to future generations, and to our wildlife, to protect what remains of our native forests,” concluded Ms Beckerling.
Jess Beckerling: 0488 777 592