Jar­rah trees cut, sold il­le­gally

Albany Extra - - News - Tayler Neale

Jar­rah trees have been felled il­le­gally in Great South­ern forests, prompt­ing a warn­ing from the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions re­gard­ing fire­wood col­lec­tion.

Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice district man­ager Cameron Shaw sus­pected the il­le­gally col­lected fire­wood, from 30 felled jar­rah trees, had been sold com­mer­cially in Den­mark and Al­bany.

“The trees that were cut down pro­vided valu­able habi­tat for the Baudin’s cock­a­too, a threat­ened species,” he said. “The cock­a­too re­lies on stand­ing trees for food and shel­ter and they need old tree hol­lows to breed.

“Apart from spe­cially des­ig­nated ar­eas, there are a num­ber of other ways in which to col­lect fire­wood legally, such as ap­ply­ing for a com­mer­cial pro­ducer’s li­cence if the wood is be­ing sourced from pri­vate prop­erty.”

He said it could also be bought from con­tracted sup­pli­ers.

Pic­tures: DBCA

The ma­ture jar­rah trees that were il­le­gally cut down in re­serves around Den­mark.

The trees pro­vided valu­able habi­tat for Baudin’s black cock­a­too.

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