After a two-year review the Australian Forestry Standard (Ltd) is now calling for public comment, due by 14 May 2012, on their revised draft AFS.
New in the definitions applying to the standard are the terms bioregions, crown cover, inventory, known and potential habitat, local communities and the land’s productive capacity can now be applied to ‘non-market benefits such as ecosystem services’ in addition to just trees.
For koalas, the acknowledgement of bioregions is probably most important because currently there is no management in the South East Corner – ( Victoria and NSW) that can adequately care for koalas.
Due to the lack of any credible scientific assessment of whether current management sustains or reduces productive capacity, it comes down to local communities to progress such matters.
If the NSW Government are to demonstrate that they care for koalas, they will have to implement a Monte Carlo Framework and credible monitoring regimes from which relevent data can be sourced. Details on monitoring regimes are slowly being added to the ‘Restoring koala habitat’ blog page.