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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

 

22 June 2017

 

Foley’s Royal National Park proposal shows leadership on conservation

The Nature Conservation Council applauds Labor Leader Luke Foley’s strong position on protecting the Royal National Park from the Berejiklian government’s proposed expansion of the F6 motorway.

Forests and wildlife

14 June, 2017

 

Save the Royal National Park from F6 motorway expansion

The Nature Conservation Council has vowed to fight any moves to bulldoze bushland in the Royal National Park for the F6 Extension between Sydney and the Illawarra.

Forests and wildlife

19 June, 2017

 

$800k koala funding does not compensate for weak tree-clearing laws and unsustainable forestry

The Nature Conservation Council has warned koalas are on a path to extinction in NSW unless the Berejiklian government tightens environment controls on tree-clearing and ends logging of the species habitat.

Forests and wildlifeClimate and energy

 

Resources

 

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.

 

Our Environment, Our Future: Policies for the 2015 NSW election and beyond

This document details the environment movement's top policy asks for the 2015 NSW election.

 
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