Koala map and native veg meetings

While it’s fair to say that the general management of the koala surveys and information from them has been less than open and transparent. Realistically, the idea is to ensure that the NSW Guv retains control over the data, while convincing some that koala management is under control.

In that regard available on “The Crossing website is a map, at this link and pasted below, apparently based on survey outcomes prior to koala evidence being found in Cpts 2051/52 of Murrah State Forest. As illustrated, after adequately accounting for koalas very little forest was left for logging at that time.

However, there is also a description of koala habitat suggesting-

“ . . . The following attributes were the strongest correlates with the presence of Koala pellets:

1.Eucalyptus bosistoana (coast grey box) ; any number or DBH

2.Eucalyptus muelleriana (yellow stringybark) ; > 4 trees / plot

3.Eucalyptus longifolia (woollybut); > 276 mm DBH

4.Eucalyptus globoidea (white stringybark); > 392 mm DBH

5 Eucalyptus tricarpa (ironbark); > 351 mm DBH

Almost the entire area identified as being actively used (at the 2% activity boundary) falls within the 3 colour bands indicative of clusters of sites with multiple attributes. As such it is reasonable to assume that these bands are indicative of higher quality habitat. The map above also indicates areas that, accordingly to this analysis, are suitable for Koalas but are apparently currently unoccupied.”

The problem with this description, apart from the bit about the entire area being actively used, is that it makes no sense. While awaiting details of their unscientific logging prescriptions for public land, on Wednesday 27 June, the EPA will be holding meetings, it’s necessary to ring 64918200 and book a place, at the Narooma CWA (10am til 1pm) and at Club Bega (2.30pm til 4 pm) about the revised Native Vegetation Act.

So I may go along, just to see if they think continuing to include 350,000 ha of the Sydney Basin Bioregion in the South Coast koala recovery area is a good idea and to ask again why they have dropped the Koala Management Framework.


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