Saving Our (feral) Species and their friends

The passage of the Kosciusko wild horse heritage bill early this week, is another nail in the coffin for the environment in NSW. While it is not an unprecedented act, the feral trout in the park have been protected for decades. It casts further doubt on the NSW government’s environmental bona-fides and again raises the question of what the government is really trying to achieve.

The approach to the horses seems similar to the government’s approach to koalas in the flora reserves. That is, set up a committee, with little or no scientific qualifications, no apparent interest in addressing the threats to the species and the aim of ensuring those with unsustainable commercial interests ultimately win out.

This week has also seen the EPA undertake invitation only meetings with conservation groups, re the draft Coastal Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals. While SERCA didn’t attend, rather had letters in various local newspapers and a radio interview. It seem most likely that other conservation groups, particularly those that receive regular government funding, would have attended.

The EPA’s aim, as alluded to in the Natural Resources Commission advice on the Coastal IFOA remake, is to achieve a level of confidence for its claim there will be no erosion of environmental values.

Regrettably, ignoring the ongoing erosion of environmental values and the causes, like the feral cat above, recently captured on camera in the flora reserve, is a higher priority.

On a positive note there has been a little over 50mm of rain in the past week, perhaps enough to push out another extensive canopy die-back event for a month or so.

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