Forest saviour Frances Pike and Buster, the Tasmanian tiger dog, stop off in Coffs.
Forest saviour Frances Pike and Buster, the Tasmanian tiger dog, stop off in Coffs. Bruce Thomas

Native forests rule

FRANCES Pike is on a massive road trip to publicise the plight of native species in state forests, which are losing ground to intensive logging practices.

The spokeswoman for the Nativesrule group is in Coffs Harbour this weekend with her distinctive utility, her signs and her Tasmanian tiger look-alike, Buster the golden dog.

She says native species in NSW are on the brink of a massive extinction if forest practices do not change and there is one year left to take action before major problems will be unavoidable.

An expert and consultant on weeds and their impact, Ms Pike has taken six months leave from her work to publicise the plight of the state’s forests, the impact of converting diverse native forests to single-species plantations and the importance of halting clear felling.

She wants voters to quiz candidates for this month’s State election as well as taking the issue to their federal members.

For full reports, what Nativesrule has found in state forests and their petition see www.nativesrule.org

Frances Pike can be contacted on 0448-899684.



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