Fighting for our forests

About This Campaign

WA forests and biodiversity are under threat from unnecessary logging, dieback and human encroachment.  There is an urgent need to protect WA’s high conservation value forests.

  1. Forests are necessary for environmental health ie rainfall, water quality, carbon sinks, oxygen and cooling
  2. Biodiversity matters: plants, animals, ecosystems (endangered animals such as Western Ringtail Possum, ground parrot, etc)
  3. Forests are quintessential to the WA identity – WA people want to access beautiful forest and beach environments for recreation; and
  4. Forests are valuable for regional towns and generate income via tourism and small business including agroforestry.

Key Points

  • Prior to election WA Labor Environment Spokesperson and Peter Watson MLA promised to:
    • “Immediately conserve High Conservation Value forests to provide protection for some of WA’s most threatened wildlife including the forest Black Cockatoos, Western Ringtail possums, numbats and quokkas
    • Move to complete the transition of the native forestry industry into sustainably managed plantations and farm forestry with a focus on high value, locally processed, job-rich enterprises
    • Plan for the forestry jobs of the future
    • Restart the process of establishing approved conservation reserves identified in the Forest Management Plan 2004 – 2013; and
    • Review the governance around timber industry planning and management
  • In 2002, the Conservation Commission, now called the Conservation and Parks Commission, identified 116 HCV forests in the Perth, South-West and Warren regions that contain rare and threatened ecosystems, vegetation complexes and/or threatened animal and plant species.  Many contain pockets of old growth forest that sit outside of the current conservation reserve system – yet all 116 are available to be logged.  A total of 20 are listed by the Forest Products Committee for logging in 2018, and another 10 are listed on Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ harvest plans for 2018-2020.
  • Logging our HCV forests is not economically or environmentally sensible because:
    • Our jarrah forests are not growing back at the rate that they are being harvested and ever smaller and lesser quality logs are being produced
    • Karri-marri forest ecosystems are not recovering from clear-felling conducted primarily for woodchips destined for export;
    • Increasingly threatened fauna species are not recovering from logging in State forests; and
    • The WA native forest timber industry is increasingly unprofitable and ever more reliant on State Government interventions.
  • The transition to plantations and farm forestry and associated local processing is urgent. Locally grown hard and soft woods are better able to meet current market needs and expand them.  The Forest Products Act 2000, which compels the FPC to try to make a profit from native forests, is outdated. Rather using public resources to try to extend the life of the increasingly unprofitable and unpopular industry, the Government’s focus should be solely on supporting plantations and farm forestry and associated local processing.

Recent Activity

Tabling of the Petition to ‘Immediately Conserve High Conservation Forests and transition the timber industry out of native forests’ :

See here for details on the Petition – one of the biggest petitions to be tabled in the WA Parliament with over 15,500 signatures.

See Diane Evers’ submission to the Committee here.

See submission by the WA Forest Alliance here.

See Diane’s response to the closing of the petition here.

Tabling of the Petition to ‘Oppose the Forest Product Commissions plans to log the Barrabup Coupe 03 in Nannup’ 

Details on the Petition.

See Diane Evers’ submission to the Committee here.

See submission by Martin and Ellie Mckie here.

See response by the Minister for Environment here.

See response by the Minister for Forestry here.

“We need to stop this slaughter of our forests; it’s the wrong thing to be doing both ecologically and economically. Logging native forests is a regressive and financially irresponsible course for the government to pursue.”

Diane Evers