Pine clearing to be reduced in Perth’s north to preserve Carnaby’s black cockatoo population

The Pinjar Pine Plantation is being cleared to reduce groundwater consumption. Picture: WWF/Pixel Pilot
The Pinjar Pine Plantation is being cleared to reduce groundwater consumption. Picture: WWF/Pixel Pilot

CLEARING will slow down in northern suburbs pine plantations in a bid to protect the feeding habitat of endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoos.

The State Government today announced the 2018-19 Budget would include $2.5 million to source pines from the South West rather than the Gnangara, Pinjar and Yanchep pine plantations.

Forestry Minister Dave Kelly said the State Government wanted to balance environmental preservation with a sustainable forestry industry.

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“This new funding will ensure the State Government meets supply agreements with the timber industry, while reducing the impact on the Swan Coastal Plain population of Carnaby’s cockatoo,” he said.

The funds will meet the additional haulage and thinning costs associated with harvesting at alternative sites.

Harvesting will drop from a projected 2200ha to 500ha until June 30, 2019 to reduce the impact of pine harvesting on the Swan Coastal Plain Carnaby’s cockatoo population.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said extensive work had been undertaken to protect the species, and it would continue.

“The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is implementing the recovery plan for Carnaby’s cockatoos to aid the future conservation efforts of this endangered species,” he said.

“The department works collaboratively with BirdLife Australia, the WA Museum and wildlife conservation volunteers to install and repair nesting hollows, rehabilitate injured cockatoos, protect habitat, and research and monitor the species.”

In the next 14 months, there will also be an independent review of the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions to determine the ongoing costs, risks and benefits for WA.

Birdlife WA Carnaby’s black-cockatoo project co-ordinator Adam Peck welcomed the announcement.

“It’s good that they are reducing the amount of harvesting over the next couple of years; that will definitely help the local Carnaby’s population,” he said.

“We just hope that they review will provide more good news.

“We will keep lobbying for a better deal for Carnaby’s (cockatoos).”

Mr Peck said clearing of food resources, roosting sites and breeding trees had the greatest impact on the endangered species population.

“Any reduction in clearing is definitely good news.”

Mr Peck said results of the Great Cocky Count on April 8 would not be available for a while.

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