Protest calls for protection of WA forest

More than 3000 people have signed a petition protesting the logging of a forest in WA's South West.

More than 3000 people have signed a petition protesting the logging of a forest in WA's South West.

Protestors have submitted a petition with more than 3000 signatures calling for a halt to logging in a forest in Western Australia's South West region.

Plans to log the Barrabup Forest in Nannup have been put on hold since pending internal government assessments into its old growth status and Aboriginal heritage.

Residents of Nannup claim they only knew trees were going to be logged when a road, which cost taxpayers $60,000 to build, was bulldozed through the forest.

Upper house Greens member Diane Evers claims the government's own estimates show more than half of the jarrah proposed to be logged from Barrabup would be sold for low-end products including firewood and char-logs.

"Barrabup is a prime example of a South-West forest that provides greater economic value to the local community standing than it would logged because of the nature tourism, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities it provides," she said.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, who accepted the petition on the government's behalf, said he heard the protesters "loud and clear".

"Logging has been stopped there for the moment," he said, adding the assessment results would be publicly available by September.

The petition is due to be tabled by Ms Evers in parliament.

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