Halt Destruction of Forest Habitat That Houses Endangered Species

Target: Nick Roberts, CEO of Forestry Corporation

Goal: Stop logging unburnt forest in New South Wales that is habitat to endangered species.

Critical forest habitat that survived the Australian bushfires is being decimated by a logging company. These forests are home to endangered species that have already lost large swaths of crucial territory.

The New South Wales (NSW) Forestry Corporation has continued logging in the Styx River state forest, home to many species greatly affected by the bushfires. Notably, the greater glider and the Hastings River mouse are at severe risk of habitat loss and eventual extinction. The mouse is one of the species most at risk of extinction, having lost 82 percent of its habitat.

Logging trucks have also moved into an area of the Lower Bucca state forest that is part of the proposed Great Koala national park. Twenty-four percent of koala habitat was burnt, and it is believed that up to 30 percent of the koala population in this area was killed.

Environmental groups and politicians have expressed alarm over the NSW Forestry Corporation’s decision to continue logging on such fragile habitat. The Nature Conservation Council of NSW has called upon the government to halt logging operations in unburnt areas until full assessment of the impact of the fires is complete. In accordance with the council, sign below to demand that the Forestry Corporation stop logging in fragile, unburnt forest that is home to many endangered species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Roberts,

The forests in New South Wales that survived the devastating bushfires must be conserved with great caution and care.

The Styx River state forest, the Lower Bucca state forest, and other unburnt areas are the remaining home to many species that are now close to extinction due to habitat loss. In particular, the Hastings River mouse lost 82 percent of its habitat to the fires and is now at serious risk of extinction.

Continuing to log in the aftermath of the bushfires is a reckless decision. The survival of these fragile species and ecosystems must be prioritized. I demand that you stop logging unburnt forest in order to protect what is left of the crucial habitat of many endangered species.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Doug Beckers

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