Forests ready to log Pine Creek
FORESTS NSW has finalised its planned timber harvest in the Pine Creek State Forest.
The department maintains it's logging plans have drawn on community feedback and recommendations under the koala management plan.
It says almost two thirds of the available timer plantation have now been set aside in koala compartments.
Forests NSW North East Region manager Craig Busby said Forests NSW wanted to emphasise the timber harvesting is from a hardwood plantation.
It comes after environmental lobby groups criticised the harvest.
"The plantation was established with eucalypts in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was thinned by Forests NSW in 2001," Mr Busby said.
"The local community, including members of both the Bellingen Environment Centre and the National Parks Association, were consulted regarding the proposed harvesting operations and their input has been incorporated into the final plan.
Mr Busby said Forests NSW planners undertook a koala habitat assessment in the area in conjunction with members of local environment groups.
Harvesting is set to begin early next week in approximately 50 hectares of the 150 hectare compartment.
Forests says harvested timber will predominantly be flooded gum with some blackbutt.
Both timbers are in high demand in local sawmills.
Environmental groups today made a last minute appeal to defer logging so koala populations could be surveyed.
The call comes after the release this week of an a study of koalas conducted over of over 10 years in the Bonville area by the Australian Museum.
"The study identified the death of 82 koalas during the ten year period and indications of substantial population decline and spread of disease amongst the remaining koalas," Bellingen Environment Centre spokesperson Caroline Joseph said.