believes that if intensive logging proceeds in Warrup blocks
high conservation value forests, firstly in compartment 6 as scheduled,
then in compartment 8, an environmental injustice, with publicly
unacceptable consequences that could have been prevented, will
have been done to these important south-west forests.
Our view is that the current logging proposals will do irretrievable
long term damage to biophysical conditions and biodiversity both
in the logged areas and other contingent forest areas of Warrup.
The intensive logging proposed will have additional adverse collateral
effect on other natural values expressed in the Warrup forests
as climate change continues to affect them. Warrup block is an
integral part of the Greater Kingston region which has biological
values of state and national significance as one of the most important
rare and threatened fauna refuges in the south-west forests.
In regard to compartment 6, our priority issue, we are particularly
concerned for severe adverse effects of intensive logging on
ecological integrity and health of the newly identified
old growth forests
habitat quality and threatened fauna viability
connectivity, locally and regionally
hydrology connectivity, riparian biodiversity and salinity
regeneration and resilience
Considerable criticism has been made by the Conservation Commission
in its mid-term audit report of numerous sustainable forest management
shortfalls which effectively constitute breaches of the Forest
Management Plan (FMP) by the Department of Environment and Conservation
(DEC). Additional public criticism of that agency has been made
by the Auditor-General specifically relating to management of
threatened fauna and flora. In view of this, we wish to express
our further serious concern that the planning for intensive logging
in Warrup is proceeding without any comprehensive and detailed
field based fauna and flora investigations by forest management
in compartment 6.
The Environmental Protection Authority is due to respond to the
Conservation Commissions mid-term audit report soon. This
response can be expected to contain important assessments and
evaluation of forest management in W.A. pertinent to the critical
environmental issues we are raising concerning the significance
and future of Warrup block.
In view of both these circumstances, and the significance of the
precautionary principle as a key element of sustainable management
of forests, we strongly believe that logging in Warrup should
be deferred pending comprehensive fauna and flora studies and
completion of government consideration and public processes associated
with the forthcoming Environmental Protection Authority report.
BGFF Project Leader, Warrup
Old-growth forest in Warrup 06. Logged once only by selection
logging in 1940s from the railway line.
Below: Area scheduled to be logged; Millar Rd Warrup.
Friends of the Forest (Inc) is a local group with international
standing. Founded in 1987 and working to save native forests in
the Shire, BGFF is also a member of international groups such
as Friends of the Earth International, and the Forest Stewardship
Council International, with Dr Leonie van der Maesen as our delegate.
such as Jim and Mary Frith and friends have worked tirelessly
for twenty years to preserve what they could of forest areas in
the Shire that were to be logged. Their successes include the
Greater Kingston National Park, the Hester Conservation Park,
Dalgarup National Park and other smaller reserves.
BGFF has been
prepared to fight for local forests and has taken cases as far
as the High Court. Although these cases were not successful the
end result was that the forest areas concerned are now part of
Bridgetown's heritage as National Parks or conservation reserves.