Jarrah trees cut, sold illegally
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.
The mature jarrah trees that were illegally cut down in reserves around Denmark.
The trees provided valuable habitat for Baudin’s black cockatoo.