The NSW Government has announced plans to allow the state-owned Forestry Corporation to stop surveying for trees being used as dens by endangered Southern Greater Gliders and other forest fauna. This response follows months of community reports to the Environment Protection Authority demonstrating that Forestry Corporation was failing to identify den trees before logging.
The proposed weakening of protections for endangered Greater Gliders is a critical issue and signals an escalation of the Labor Government’s failure to address the loss- making destructive logging of NSW native forests. As 900,000 hectares of NSW public forests is subject to logging, this government’s cessation to survey for den trees, will cause great environmental harm to forest wildlife already devastated by the Black Summer wildfires across NSW.
“The EPA and the NSW Government are completely failing Greater Gliders by prioritising logging over wildlife protection. Forestry NSW already ignores science and the environmentalists are surveying for endangered Greater Gliders and their den trees. The EPA and the Minns Government are complicit in fast tracking Greater Glider extinction. Rather than cleaning up Forestry’s shameful work, the EPA removes the requirement for pre- logging surveys and therefore washes its hands of any responsibility to ensure this endangered species is protected,” said Doro Babeck, NSW campaigner, Bob Brown Foundation.
“Labor’s pledge for no new extinctions is a farce. We call on Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek to protect endangered species and rip up Regional Forest Agreements and declare an end to native forest logging now!”
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