Log plan disputed
FORESTS NSW says the number of koala scats (droppings) found in recent surveys in Boambee State Forest was not high enough to trigger further action, but more intensive individual tree searches will be undertaken before and during harvesting.
The regional manager of Forests NSW, Craig Busby, said five scats were found under one tree and two scats under another in the harvest area and the regulations required a scat count of more than 20.
The North Coast Environment Council (NCEC) and the Coffs Coast branch of the National Parks Association have called on State Forests to abandon the planned logging of 350ha of timber, saying it will annihilate koala habitat.
The two conservation groups say the measures announced by Forests NSW last week to protect koalas in Boambee State Forest are standard measures which have repeatedly been proved to be inadequate.
NCEC says the measures do not account for periods when koalas are moving throughout the landscape, as they are now, nor do they account for the strategic importance of core areas such as Boambee State Forest.
Mr Busby said the core area of koala habitat in the region, Pine Creek State Forest, was dedicated as a national park in 2003, and the same forests which had been harvested three or four times since the 1900s were still home to koalas.