Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Logger accused of breaching licence 50 times, damaging endagered species habitats, removing five times the permissable amount of canopy; Sydney, Australia

Forests NSW accused of breaching licence 50 times:
THE State Government is investigating a logging operation overseen by its own authority, Forests NSW, that allegedly involved the destruction of native animal habitat and more than 50 breaches of its licence conditions.
Timber harvesting in Yabbra Forest near Casino late last year damaged areas used by the highly endangered black-striped wallaby, koalas and yellow-bellied gliders, among several other protected native species, according to an independent report.
The logging operation was supposed to leave half the tree canopy intact but in some places less than one-tenth remained, according to observations from a consulting ecologist, David Milledge.

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