Baird's War on Trees

Thousands of possums, quolls, koalas and gliders will be killed each year if Mike Baird scraps our land-clearing laws.

End the senseless destruction of our wildlife 

Thousands of possums, quolls, koalas and gliders will be killed each year if Premier Mike Baird scraps our tree-clearing laws. Nationals MPs, big agri-business and developers want to allow landholders trash our precious woodlands and urban bushland by replacing the Native Vegetation Act with weaker tree-clearing controls. These changes will:

  • add extinction pressures to our state's 1000 threatened species;
  • threaten our clean, reliable water supplies;
  • turn our fertile land into wasteland through erosion and salinity; 
  • put landmark trees and bushland at risk; and
  • add further to Australia's carbon pollution.

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Have your say about Baird's bad laws

In May 2016, Premier Baird released his blueprint for stripping away our strongest nature conservation laws. People have until 28 June 2016 to make a submission on the changes. We are preparing a submission guide to help you frame your arguments and will email supporters when it is ready. Sign up now for regular updates. 

Submission Guides and Fact Sheets

Land-clearing laws have saved thousands of native animals

Leading ecologists say the land-clearing controls in the Native Vegetation Act have prevented more than 1 million animal deaths over 10 years – that’s more than 100,000 native animals who have escaped death each year thanks to the Native Vegetation Act. Read more. Any laws that replace the Native Vegetation Act must strengthen protections for nature.

Stand Up For Nature Alliance

We have joined forces with other conservation organisations to form the Stand Up For Nature Alliance to campaign to retain strong environmental protections. Alliance partners include: WWF Australia, The Wilderness Society, The National Trust, Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Total Environment Centre, National Parks Association of NSW, Humane Society International, WIRES, Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

Visit the Stand Up For Nature website for more information and resources and to sign the petition. 

CONTACT: To help with the campaign, or for details about the meetings, email campaign coordinator Corinne Fisher at


Latest news


19 October, 2016


Rally hears that Baird's land-clearing proposals are reckless and cruel

Hundreds of protesters have rallied outside NSW Parliament today demanding Premier Baird scrap his plans to weaken land-clearing and nature-protection laws.

Forests and wildlife

13 October, 2016


Premier Baird fails his own test on animal cruelty with shark net and greyhound backflips

Premier Mike Baird’s record on animal welfare and the environment is in tatters after a week of backflips that will significantly increase animal suffering and environmental harm.

Forests and wildlifeMarine Conservation

31 August, 2016


Destruction of endangered woodland for Westconnex is a taste of what’s to come under Baird’s new biodiversity laws

The NSW Nature Conservation Council has called on the Baird government to protect a patch of Cooks River/Castlereagh Ironbark Forest [1] that is slated for destruction for the Westconnex motoroway development this week.

Forests and wildlife


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