Some months ago, the NSW government called for comments on a discussion paper, due midnight tomorrow, on its proposal to rewrite the Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals, aka the logging rules for coastal forests. The idea is to unshackle FCNSW from the expense associated with attempting to comply with current requirements.
To achieve this aim FCNSW will, in future, be able to do what they have always done, without current requirements. The rewrite makes it easier to log forests on private land, and provides for experimental logging, on very steep slopes.
For koalas, the government proposes,
” Taking a landscape-based approach is a common environment protection practice in jurisdictions such as Tasmania, Canada and the United States of America. It has been successfully used to ensure threatened species habitat is maintained during and after logging, which improves the ability of species to continue to use an area and helps forests return to their pre-logging state more swiftly.”
This reduction in threatened species protection in State forests, such as it is, is concurrent with pretending there is suitable habitat on private land and in National Parks. The framework for this approach ‘will be independently reviewed by the Forest Practices Authority of Tasmania (FPA).’
Bell-miner associated dieback and koalas are specifically referred to in the discussion paper, although these species do not occur in Tasmania, so one expects the FPA’s review will be based on FCNSW’s vast knowledge and experience of these issues.
What is uncertain is whether the government has dropped the proposed koala moratorium areas above, previously reported in the Narooma News.
So among other things, my comments on the discussion paper argue the ‘Koala core habitat and corridors’ Biodiversity fund project has fallen well short of its reporting requirements. Also, in the absence of any evidence to demonstrate otherwise, it is assumed previous reports of proposed koala moratorium areas in the Eden region, and ‘best practise management’ for these areas, were not reliable.