Strange times for NPA and the NSW public!
Oisin Sweeney, Senior Ecologist, National Parks Association of NSW
Members and supporters have received several emails from NPA over the last couple of months on the subject of native forest logging on public land and the laws that permit it: Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs). A lot has happened recently, so it’s a good time for an update. Let’s start at the beginning.
The National Parks Association of NSW Inc (NPA) commends Government recognition of the threats to koala habitat and the key role of national parks in species conservation, but fears the new koala strategy will prove inadequate and a waste of money under current policy settings.
The NSW Government this week announced $27 million to upgrade and expand walking and cycling trails in Koscuiszko National Park (KNP), designed to boost tourism. The proposals however add to an increasing number of pressures on alpine ecosystems—sensitive and highly localised in Australia—says the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA).
Revelations that Federal Senator Anne Ruston wrote to the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) questioning our integrity during the recent Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) consultation process should concern anyone who takes seriously the importance of community input to policy.
A blockade to prevent logs from being removed from known high value koala habitat in Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, was yesterday broken up by police.
Community representatives from the Bellingen Environment Centre have made a pollution line incident report of pollution occurring yesterday in Woods Creek in Gladstone State Forest following recent logging and heavy rainfall.