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Worth More Standing

Our native forests continue to be logged, with almost 50% being woodchipped and exported to make toilet paper and cardboard.

NSW forests and its species are like no other. They are one of the most diverse places on the planet, and right in our backyard. With more than five million hectares of our forest estate hit hard by severe bushfires, we must protect what's left. 

Native forests provide critical wildlife habitat for many species and are there for the enjoyment of people through various recreational and tourism activities.

Stopping logging of native forests will help dozens of threatened species heading towards extinction. This is one of the single biggest actions we can take to turn around the extinction crisis.  

Native forests are also a major carbon sink, with their protection and restoration a crucial part of achieving net-zero. By ceasing logging of of native forests in NSW, we can take meaningful steps towards addressing both the climate and extinction crisis. 

The public native forest hardwood division of the Forestry Corporation is also costing the tax payer millions to keep it afloat. It just $400,000 profit in 2019-20, and in 2020-21 it ran at a loss of a whopping $20 million. Forestry Corporation’s is forecast to lose $15 million a year are predicted between 2022 to 2024.

Victoria and Western Australia are ending public native forest logging, and it’s time for NSW to also make the commitment. The NSW Government should use its power to end public native forest logging now. 

Our native forests are worth more standing. 

It’s time to end native forest logging

Native forest logging is pushing iconic species like the koala, swift parrot and greater glider to the brink of extinction. 

On the far south coast, 29 out of 30 trees logged are turned into woodchips and shipped overseas to be made into toilet paper and cardboard. Our beautiful forests are worth far more standing. 
Only 9.5% of NSW is protected in 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. 

The 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires burnt over 5 million hectares of forest and the remaining unburnt areas  provide crucial refugia and habitat for our special wildlife. They have nowhere else to go. 

These areas are now targets of FCNSW’s increasingly desperate logging operations all over the state. 
The majority of our sawlogs already come from plantations which have untapped potential in employment options and carbon storage. All that we need to finish the transition to 100% plantations and provide certainty for workers and wildlife is political will.  
It's time to end native forest logging.

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. 

We the undersigned bring to the attention of the House that the beautiful native forests of NSW are worth more standing. The destruction of these precious forests should not be propped up with millions of dollars of public subsidies each year. 

We therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to end native forest logging and transition to a sustainable plantation-based timber industry. 

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