Time to cut back
CLEARING OF PINE PLANTATIONS TO SLOW DOWN
CLEARING will slow down in northern suburbs pine plantations 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.
“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,” Forestry Minister Dave Kelly said.
The funds will meet the additional haulage and thinning costs of harvesting at alternative sites, resulting in a drop across the three plantations from a projected 2200ha to 500ha until June 30, 2019.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions had a recovery plan for the endangered birds.
“The department works collaboratively with BirdLife Australia, the WA Museum and wildlife conservation volunteers to install and repair nesting hollows, rehabilitate injured cockatoos, protect habitat and research and monitor the species,” he said.
Birdlife WA Carnaby’s black cockatoo project coordinator Adam Peck welcomed the announcement.
“It’s good that they are reducing the amount of harvesting over the next couple of years; that will definitely help the local Carnaby’s population,” he said.
He said clearing of food resources, roosting sites and breeding trees had the greatest impact on the population of the endangered species.