Northern NSW Forests: Too Precious To Plunder

Open letter to the political leaders of Australia and NSW

Twenty years ago Governments agreed to exempt logging from Federal Environment laws. Since that time several iconic species affected by logging have moved closer to extinction. These include the Koala, whose numbers in northern NSW have halved, and the Greater Glider.

Many other animals and plants are likely on the same trajectory, but our Governments haven't bothered to find out. The promised monitoring and research hasn't happened. There has been no investigation into the impact of the logging rules and whether they are fit for purpose. How many animal and plant populations that were present in a forest prior to logging are still there?

Now, when our wildlife and our waterways are threatened by climate change our political leaders have decided to extend Logging Contracts for a further 20 years. Now, when our forests need to be nurtured and repaired to give them resilience to survive the increasing threats of drought, bushfire, invasive species and human caused fragmentation, our political leaders want to weaken environmental protections and intensify logging. 

Now when we need to be investing in renewable energy our Governments propose to truck millions of small logs out of the forests to be woodchipped and compressed into pellets, to feed into power stations as a coal replacement. They are supporting more dirty smokestacks that produce climate destroying greenhouse gases and further devastation to our forests, coral reefs, wildlife and waterways.

If you are a genuine political leader, now is the time to show yourself. We need leaders who will stand up for nature. We need leaders who care about the future of our planet. We need leaders who understand the climate change path we are on, and are prepared to take action on many fronts to help us and our natural places to survive.

Will you refuse to allow new Wood Contracts? Refuse to allow native forests to be burnt in power stations? Refuse to allow forests to be cleared and degraded and environmental regulations weakened?

Will you stand up for forests? Will you commit to leaving them in the ground, to grow old in peace and bring benefits to all? To provide protection for wildlife, store carbon, make oxygen, improve water quality, increase stream flow, and provide places where we can visit, relax, and enjoy their marvellousness.

For the Forests!



Who's signing

Katie Tweedie
Li McGuigan
Sandra Warn Periyasamy
Claire Carré
Ian Wright
Gemma Freeman
Sara Crowe
Sarah Milne
Darcy Stowe
Brian Summers
Jennifer Cuthbertson
Pat Mackle
Martha Paitson
Regina Brinsmead
Jan McNicol
Brendan Shoebridge
Kerrie Smith
Liz Downes
Marion Silk
Tania Douthwaite
Nicola Hanna
pete bakos
Tyler Preston
Jan Eddy
robert adrian scurtu
100 signatures

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  • Katie Tweedie
    signed 2024-02-02 15:58:32 +1100
  • Li McGuigan
    signed 2023-11-11 17:45:51 +1100
  • Sandra Warn
    signed 2023-03-06 08:15:50 +1100
  • Periyasamy
    signed 2023-02-04 08:26:34 +1100
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  • Claire Carré
    signed 2023-02-01 05:57:48 +1100
    From here in Europe, we look accross the globe to you to admire Earth’s last remaining ancient forests, the habitat of the most precious species, on the brink of extinction.

    Please do everything in your power to protect them.
  • Ian Wright
    signed 2022-12-11 19:50:56 +1100
  • Gemma Freeman
    signed 2021-10-12 16:58:29 +1100
  • Sara Crowe
    signed 2021-04-16 18:21:19 +1000
  • Sarah Milne
    signed 2020-08-26 10:31:07 +1000
  • Darcy Stowe
    signed 2020-07-12 15:04:58 +1000
  • Brian Summers
    signed 2019-10-19 07:41:21 +1100
    The Ecological Crisis. Protect nature.
  • Jennifer Cuthbertson
    signed 2019-06-26 02:54:20 +1000
  • Pat Mackle
    signed 2019-06-25 11:02:43 +1000
  • Martha Paitson
    signed 2019-06-01 18:45:12 +1000
    The danger inherent in the current intention to cash in on our forests in NSW must not be underestimated – it’s huge. The human population in Australia is already over-capacity; we tamper with our natural environment at our peril. If we want to avoid some horror-story end game in this country, we must grow more wilderness while avoiding damage to what remains. I for one will put my body on the line over this.
  • Regina Brinsmead
    signed 2018-12-05 10:51:06 +1100
  • Jan McNicol
    signed 2018-10-15 17:39:17 +1100
    More appalling environmental news.
  • Brendan Shoebridge
    signed 2018-06-07 11:54:38 +1000
    You have got to be kidding – another battle for the forests?! At a time when we should be locking away every bit of forest we can in order to save our necks?! The people of the Northern Rivers have fought before and will fight again, all the way. Enough insanity already !! We need to be solving these massive complex problems, not creating new ones.
  • Kerrie Smith
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-04 13:06:48 +1000
    Sign the petition: Northern NSW Forests: Too Precious To Plunder
  • Kerrie Smith
    signed 2018-04-04 13:06:20 +1000
  • Liz Downes
    signed 2018-03-30 11:23:27 +1100
  • Marion Silk
    signed 2018-03-10 14:15:02 +1100
    I totally agree with the open letter above – We need to protect our forests and wildlife, not wipe them out. This is an important environmental and heritage issue.
  • Tania Douthwaite
    signed via 2018-03-03 01:23:01 +1100
  • Nicola Hanna
    signed 2018-02-20 12:36:23 +1100
  • Susie Russell
    followed this page 2018-02-19 12:53:49 +1100
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  • G W
    signed 2018-02-16 13:36:49 +1100
  • pete bakos
    signed via 2018-02-15 19:10:13 +1100
  • Tyler Preston
    signed 2018-02-15 13:09:54 +1100
  • Jan Eddy
    signed 2018-02-15 11:37:45 +1100
    Jan Eddy
  • robert adrian scurtu
    signed 2018-02-15 11:33:34 +1100


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