The Greens have called for an immediate end to the logging of native forests in the South West saying the economic arguments for continuing to cut down our forests are no longer valid.
Greens MLC Giz Watson said the latest research showed that there was enough plantation timber to meet the nation’s timber needs.
“Research is also showing us that we can make far more money by keeping our forests intact and using them for eco‐tourism and sinks for carbon storage” Ms Watson said.
Announcing the Greens (WA) ‘Future Forests’ initiative today Ms Watson said forests were being logged to make low-value products like wood‐chips, railway sleepers and charcoal.
“This is a terrible waste. It seems our logging industry may not even be profitable.
“In 2010‐2011, the Forest Products Commission made a $13 million loss. The FPC’s accounts are currently under consideration by the Auditor General.”
Under the Greens’ Future Forests initiative native forests would be protected from logging and plantation and farm forestry would be developed into a thriving industry.“Science is showing us that native forests are among the best kinds of carbon store, invaluable in fighting climate change. They play a vital role in providing clean air, clean water and rainfall. Our native forests are also home to threatened species like the numbat.
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