Time to cut back
CLEARING will slow down in northern suburbs pine plantations in a bid to protect the feeding habitat of endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoos. The State Government announced on April 11 that the 2018-19 Budget would include $2.5 million to source pines from the South West rather than the Gnangara, Pinjar and Yanchep pine plantations. Forestry Minister Dave Kelly said the State Government wanted to balance environmental preservation with a sustainable forestry industry. “This new funding will ensure the State Government meets supply agreements with the timber industry while reducing the impact on the Swan Coastal Plain population of Carnaby’s cockatoo,” he said.