Logging ‘waste’ raises concerns

Logging practices remain a point of contention.
Logging practices remain a point of contention.

‘As well as seeing poor regeneration of areas logged nearly 60 years ago, my visit yesterday with Forest Legacy highlighted the unacceptable waste that seems to be a normal part of current logging practices,’ Mr Tallentire said.

He pointed to a statement signed by 35 international and Australian scientists that said continued industrial-scale logging was reducing threatened species’ habitat, spreading dieback, causing erosion and releasing carbon.

It said the next 10-year forest management plan, due for Environment Minister Albert Jacob’s sign-off, should consider this.

Mr Tallentire said if the minister was unsure, he should consider an interim plan.

Forest Industries Federation of WA executive director Melissa Haslam said she could not imagine why the minister would be unsure about the ‘highly conservative’ plan. ‘It’s been through the Conservation Commission, Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Environmental Protection Authority ,’ she said.

She said the industry had made changes the previous 10-year plan had required, and was smaller, more sustainable and value-added.

‘A handful of people will never be satisfied ” but the Government should honour its commitment to us now. We’ve taken our hit,’ she said.

‘We need some certainty.’

Mr Jacob said a 12-week public review of the plan in 2012 attracted more than 5000 submissions, all of which were considered. ‘Only one of the scientists who signed the statement made a submission’