The last stand: Perth to save 1800ha of its pines. Will it be enough? –

By Emma Young
Sydney Morning Herald
December 19, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Campaigners have demanded the state government do more than save the last 1800 hectares of Perth’s pine plantations for the endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoo, calling this a flimsy lifeline. After years of lobbying by Save the Black Cockatoos, the government has withdrawn its plans to log the final fragment of what had become the primary food source for the birds’ remaining Perth-Peel population as its original food source, banksia woodland, has been largely cleared for urban development. …Environment Minister Reece Whitby said the government acknowledged logging in the area was not a sustainable long-term option to support WA’s timber supply. …Paddy Cullen, a spokesman for Save the Black Cockatoos, an alliance comprising Birdlife WA, the Conservation Council of WA, WA Forest Alliance, The Wilderness Society and the Urban Bushland Council of WA, said the group welcomed the news, but it would take much more to save the species from extinction.

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