Van­dals

Trees chopped in re­serve

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Sjanna San­dalova

Wa­gin Woodanilling Landcare Zone is call­ing on the pub­lic to re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour after more than 30 sheoak trees were il­le­gally cut down and taken from the Mitchell St area re­serve.

Sheoaks make up a vi­tal part of the habi­tat for the red-tailed phasco­gale, a rat-sized mar­su­pial con­sid­ered an en­dan­gered species.

Nat­u­ral Re­source Man­age­ment of­fi­cer of Wa­gin Woodanilling Landcare Zone Gen Har­vey said it was up­set­ting to see the phasco­gale habi­tat de­stroyed.

“WWLZ and a pas­sion­ate group of lo­cal com­mu­nity peo­ple along with our Shires work tremen­dously hard on the con­ser­va­tion of the red-tailed phasco­gale,” she said.

Ms Har­vey also said the un­law­ful cut­ting of the trees was quite un­usual and im­prac­ti­cal.

“My as­sump­tion would be that they are po­ten­tially cut­ting it down to dry it out for next win­ter,” she said. “There was a va­ri­ety in sizes, some were small and some big so I can’t imag­ine it be­ing used for fences or some­thing like that.”

The Wa­gin Woodanilling Landcare Zone wants the pub­lic to know that it is now il­le­gal to har­vest fire­wood in the Shire of Wa­gin.

“If you see some­one cut­ting down trees in our re­serves, please try to get vehicle regis­tra­tion and de­scrip­tion and pro­vide to ei­ther us or the lo­cal Shire,” Ms Har­vey said. “It’s hard to un­der­stand why some­one would do that, all we know is they had a sedan with a trailer.”

Pic­tures: Wa­gin Woodanilling Landcare Zone

Sheoaks make up a vi­tal part of the habi­tat for the red-tailed phasco­gale.

Sheoak trees cut down and taken from the Mitchell St area re­serve.

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