Letter to the Editor - April 9: Logging really is sustainable

YOUR editorial (Questions that need answers, Coffs Coast Advocate, April 2, p31), asks if you can conserve native wildlife and plant and harvest timber to sustain jobs.

The answer is a resounding yes, as demonstrated by the fact that the existing regrowth native state forests on the North Coast continue to support both significant koala populations and thousands of direct local jobs.

Three steps are taken to ensure koalas continue to occupy our regrowth state forests.

Firstly, more than a third of the state forest estate is already set aside as reserves for koalas and other species in corridors and habitat patches around harvest areas.

Secondly, timber harvesting is carefully planned to take place in different areas of the forest estate over time.

Because only around 2% of the state forest area is harvested in any year, there can be many years between a harvesting operation in one area of a forest and another in an adjoining area.

Thirdly, during harvesting, preferred koala browse trees are retained within the actual harvested area to ensure they can still be used by koalas.

Dean Kearney,
senior manager, Planning
Forestry Corporation of NSW



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