Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Stage 1 of Gladstone Forest Campaign comes to an end after 30 days

Purple Spotted Gudgeon is endangered
The blocking of the log truck access road to Gladstone State Forest has been withdrawn today after successfully remaining in place for 30 days.
Local environmentalists will now move onto the next stage of their campaign to end logging in the headwater forests of the Kalang River and to establish the Great Koala National Park.

We have an ongoing range of actions planned starting with a protest next Wednesday on International  day of Forests  and a film premier  at Kalang on the following Saturday evening. More direct actions are also planned.

Giant Barred Frog found in Woods Creek Gladstone SF below pollution
Stage 1 of the Gladstone State Forest campaign commenced in June last year with audits of logging with citizen scientist audits of alleged logging and roading breaches being forwarded to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

The early reports led to changes in logging practices to protect Koala food trees and the setting aside of one koala high use area as a reserve. 

Citizen auditing of logging practices has been ongoing despite the Forestry Corporation closing the Forests to the public and serious allegations of erosion and pollution are currently being investigated by the EPA .

The seriousness and extent of the erosion and pollution breaches indicates a systemic failure of NSW Forest Corporation management of the logging operations according to a BEC spokesperson.

The pollution was observed flowing directly  into Woods Creek, the  habitat for the endangered Giant Barred  Frog and the endangered Purple Spotted Gudgeon. It is not as if the weed infested creek habitat in Gladstone State Forest  has not suffered enough damage added the BEC spokesperson.

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