Logging National Parks, or helping koalas

Feeling the squeeze, South East Fiber Exporters have joined the push to log National Parks because they have run out of timber, don’t want to log here and see it as the Government’s responsibility to sustain their unsustainable jobs.

The response from well known die-back deniers, the National Parks Association (NPA) was along the lines that NP’s are required to help save animals from climate change, although this suggestion seems to be another demonstration of selective thinking, unless climate change is responsible for the loss of koalas, for example, from National Parks.

It would seem the NSW gov has gone completely to ground on the koala issue but a line has been dropped to FCNSW’s  Southern Region Manager suggesting FCNSW drop their request to ‘remove the structure’ and reminding him of previous correspondence (1995) when then manager Col Nicholson seemed thrilled to be associated with what he described as an ‘exciting proposal’ and the next supportive one from Craig Brown (1999), although embedding their bulldoze and burn management into the proposal was never acceptable.


Also reminded Mr Tuan that the idea is to address threatening processes and of the soils data, collaboratively provided by the local community to the NSW gov, the second part of which is the multiple regression analysis from the correlation matrix.  The outcome finding sodium is the major factor influencing soil dispersion and consequently management needs to aim at increasing soil calcium levels.

So their could be an argument that as forests are declining anyway they may as well be cut down to maintain short term employment in the native forest timber industry.

Alternatively, one could disagree with current koala recovery efforts, based as they are on the claims in FCNSW’s koala recovery plan and given the considerable efforts to develop the technology, focus on supporting active management to address soil limitations because nothing else will help koalas and their habitat.


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