THE National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is urging Premier Gladys Berejiklian to resist calls to burn North Coast forests for power. NSW Department of Primary Industry (DPI) advisors touted this “innovative” strategy but ecologist Dr Oisín Sweeney said it’s hard to imagine a worse idea. “Given we know biomass use overseas is driving deforestation, and the evidence that burning forests for power is driving climate change, this is reckless in the extreme,’ he said. “The Australian Government tells us logging removes carbon stores from forests and that North Coast forests have huge carbon storage potential. “Yet here’s a suggestion to log forests and burn them for power.