Forests protection

The forests and woodlands of New South Wales are home to an astonishing diversity of species, and provide us with vital ecosystem services, including fresh water, soil protection and carbon storage.

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.

The precious trees and forests still standing deserve to be protected – for wildlife and for future generations. We have a plan to protect the trees, forests and wildlife of NSW but we can’t do this alone. Please make a generous donation to help end the War on Trees.

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An opportunity to end logging

Forests in NSW have suffered for decades due to intensive logging that destroys not just trees but the native animals that rely on healthy forests.

Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) are 20-year agreements between the state governments and the Commonwealth that permit the logging of public native forests.

The RFAs have failed to protect our beautiful forests and now our governments plan to roll them out for another 20 years.

These forests belong to the people of NSW. People now have a vital opportunity to have a say on how these priceless places are managed in the future. Our native forests can’t handle another 20 years of intensive logging.

Submissions to the RFA review have not closed. Use the Sign-up form at the top of this page to stay informed. 

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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

 

4 August 2018

 

NSW land-clearing rises 800%, and worse is yet to come

The annual rate of land-clearing soared 800% in the three years before the Berejiklian government downgraded environmental protections further and made it easier for clearing to occur, new data shows.

Forests and wildlife

10 July 2018

 

New wave of land clearing begins while the government fights to hide the truth

The Nature Conservation Council has renewed calls for the release of up-to-date land clearing data so the public can see the extent of deforestation occurring under the Berejiklian government’s new land clearing laws.

Forests and wildlife

3 June 2018

 

New analysis shows Berejiklian government’s koala reserve system offers the species virtually no new protection

The Berejiklian government’s planned koala reserve contains only 2% high quality koala habitat and offers no significant new protection for the species whose numbers are rapidly declining, new analysis has shown.

Forests and wildlife

 
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