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Protecting NSW Forests

The forests of NSW are incredibly special. Three times the size of Tasmania, our forests are home to iconic species including the koala, pygmy possum, and echidna. Forests are vital to the health of our state, our people, and the survival of our iconic wildlife.

Forests have been declining in NSW since European settlement began, and they are continuing to dwindle. Only 9% of the native forests that remain are protected in national parks or conservation areas. Much of our remaining forests are slated for logging as state forests. These state forests represent incredibly important wildlife habitats and stunning landscapes.

Almost 1000 wildlife and plant species in NSW are formally listed as being threatened with extinction. At the current rate, even the iconic koala may be gone by from NSW by 2055. The only way stop the decimation of these precious environments is to end subsidised and unprofitable logging of our public state forests.

End the subsidies that destroy our forests

A new report by The Australia Institute reveals that as NSW residents we are subsidising the destruction of our remaining native forests.

Over the past seven years, we have propped up the uneconomic native forests logging industry to the tune of $79 million. This means that without taxpayer handouts, this part of the industry would be unviable. 

Read the full report here

Check out this video to learn more about how this destroying our native forests is impacting koalas and other native wildlife. Many thanks to Yoga for Nature for putting this together.

Urban land clearing rules are decimating Sydney's trees

SANY0001-1.jpgPremier Mike Baird's government has passed urban land-clearing rules under the guise of bushfire protection.

Fire experts agree this the 10/50 urban land-clearing rule which allows trees within 10 metres of a home to be cleared is bad policy. The government must immediately repeal and withdraw this rule which is transforming Sydney's leafy suburbs.

New intensive logging of state forests

The government is persisting with new rules that will allow even more intensive logging of our state forests. These rules are being worked up in secret with the Forestry Corporation, and will mean wider destruction of trees and wildlife habitat.

NCC is working with our member groups across the state to be protect our ancient forests.

You can help by volunteering, making a donation and taking action on a current campaign.


Latest news


20 February, 2017


EIS highlights threat to wildlife and water resources from Santos 850 -well industrial gas field

The Nature Conservation Council is calling on the Berejiklian government to buy back gas exploration licences covering the Pilliga Forest to ensure the largest remaining temperate woodland in eastern Australia is protected for future generations.

Forests and wildlifeClimate and energyCoal and gas

30 January, 2017


Berejiklian Cabinet must increase environmental protections and turbo-charge the state’s transition to renewable energy

Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski has welcomed the appointment of new ministers to the critical environment, energy and planning portfolios as an opportunity to improve the Coalition government’s poor record in these areas.

Forests and wildlifePlanning and DevelopmentClimate and energyNSW Parliament

27 January, 2017


Case of “extinct” guinea flower highlights the failure of federal and state planning systems to protect threatened species

Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski is calling for new procedures to ensure threatened species are protected from development at all stages of the assessment and approval process.

Forests and wildlifePlanning and Development




Paradise lost: The weakening and widening of biodiversity offsetting in NSW, 2005-2016

This is a report on the biodiversity offsets schemes in NSW since 2005.


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