Transition to plantation timber would be win for nature and industry

By Nature Conservation Council
The Mirage News
September 16, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AUSTRALIA — NSW’s peak conservation group supports the expansion of timber plantations in NSW as recommended by the Upper House timber inquiry as the best way to guarantee timber supply while avoiding further extinctions of forest-dwelling wildlife. The expansion of plantations was a key recommendation of the upper house inquiry into the future of the timber industry that tabled its report today. “We fully support the committee’s recommendation to expand timber plantations wherever this can be done without losing native forests or highly productive farmland,” Nature Conservation Council CEO Jacqui Mumford said. “The need to protect native forests from industrial logging has never been greater, with koalas and many other forest species sliding towards extinction, and huge areas of forest decimated by the 2019-20 bushfires. …“Transitioning away from logging our native forests to a sustainable, 100% plantation-based industry can be a win for industry and for nature.”

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