Barrabup jarrah forest on the outskirts of Nannup may provide greater return to the picturesque South-West town if it was left standing instead of logged, Greens South-West MLC Diane Evers says.
“It is a beautiful forest 5km from town where locals and visitors alike enjoy bushwalking, wildflower and rare fauna spotting, cycling and picnics,” Ms Evers said, after meeting community members who are campaigners to save the forest last week.
“It’s home to spider orchids, banksia, chuditch, quokkas, brush tailed wallabies, redtailed black forest and Baudin’s cockatoos – all of which form part of Nannup’s attractions.
“As demonstrated by scar trees, it is also part of an ancient dreaming tail connecting back to Wonnerup and also has remnants of our colonial past in the form of an old mill railway line.
“Analysis of the Forest Products Commission's annual reports show that for the past three years, native forest logging in WA has occurred at a net loss to government.
“As is often the case with the logging of old growth forest in the region, the Government claims it will make a profit yet has not volunteered any evidence.
“For decades the Forest Product Commission has mismanaged, over-cut and cleared our native forest and woodlands, leaving them fragmented and in desperate need of protection and restoration.
“Failure by the FPC to carry out an old-growth assessment for Barrabup forest in the first place just demonstrates more procedural failing that is hurting our wilderness. Our local communities and our stunning habitats in the South West deserve better.”