Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Meetings Focus on Forestry Changes

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Meetings Focus on Forestry Changes

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THE latest in a series of meetings will be held in Grafton next Saturday to present the facts about what proposed changes to logging rules in North Coast state forests will mean for wildlife and biodiversity.

Conservation groups are holding these meetings following the State Government's failure to respond to public concerns beyond a bunch of 'motherhood' statements dispensed by local politicians, and the refusal by the EPA to visit North Coast forests to see first hand the irreparable damage that has resulted from 20 years of unbridled pillage.

The Regional Forests Agreements end in a few years, and because state forests across the region have suffered from serious over-logging to meet unrealistic wood supply contracts, the State Government is trying to push through radical changes to find more timber.

They claim these changes will not result in net changes to wood supply, or to erosion of environmental values. Their explanation that this would be achievable through their buy-back of some supply contracts, cannot be believed, because the real reason those contracts were bought out was because there was no timber to fill them. …

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