‘Minds were blown’: These scientists were stunned at what’s happening on the New South Wales North Coast

By Nick O’Malley
Sydney Morning Herald
September 2, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Helge Bruelheide

AUSTRALIA – Professor Helge Bruelheide, professor of botany at the University of Helle in Germany, was stunned by what he has seen exploring the forests in and around the promised Great Koala National Park on the state’s North Coast this week.  “It is spectacular. All the variants of this Gondwana rainforest – cool and warm, temperate rainforest and also the subtropical rainforest – is something that is so unique globally that you wouldn’t find it in this particular combination elsewhere,” said Breulheide.  …”We were completely shocked that this was being logged for paper pulp and timber. Particularly this type of forest, we really couldn’t understand that.”  …Rather than so-called single-stem logging that is common in places like Germany, where single trees are targeted and removed, loggers here take out whole sections, leaving behind a few trees in compartments (a section of forest identified for logging) that have been identified as critical feed or habitat trees for some endangered species.

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