Western Australia native forest logging ban enters endgame

By Tim Dornin
The Sidney Morning Herald
October 18, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A pledge to end native logging in Western Australia’s southwest is included in a draft Forest Management Plan released for comment by the state government. The move will preserve another 400,000 hectares of forest on top of the 1.6 million hectares already protected from logging, though not mining. Under the 10-year plan, the only timber to be taken from native forests will come from managed activities designed to improve forest health, such as ecological thinning, or for clearing for approved mining operations, and infrastructure maintenance. …Environment and Climate Action Minister Reece Whitby said the decision to end native logging had not been made lightly but the government had to preserve forests for future generations. …Forestry Minister Dave Kelly said the decision also reflected the changing attitudes of the community towards native forests and built on the earlier decision to end old-growth logging.

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