Protests have been carried out this morning in critically endangered Swift Parrot habitat that is being lost to logging in Tasmania and NSW.
On the NSW south coast an alliance of groups representing local, regional and state wide forest conservationists, are taking action today. South East Forest Rescue, Forest Defence NSW and Friends of the Forest Mogo are halting logging in an area that contains feeding and habitat trees for the parrots.
On Tasmania’s Eastern Tiers, Bob Brown Foundation halted logging in forests where the Swift Parrot has settled to breed this season. Tasmania’s globally renowned East Coast overlooking Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet peninsula is again under threat from a heavily industrialised logging onslaught.
“The demise of the Swift Parrot around Australia is a devastating reminder that we need to take action immediately to protect our last remaining natural places,” said BBF Campaign Organiser Erik Hayward.
“All logging in Swift Parrot habitat needed to end five years ago when the fastest parrot on Earth was listed as critically endangered. It needed to halt last week when experts revealed the parrot's numbers are as low as 300 in the wild. Secure conservation reserves need to be installed to protect species on the brink of extinction,” BBF Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
In NSW, Friends of the Forest (Mogo) spokesperson Jos said locals are outraged at logging of swift parrot habitat following the ferocious fires the community had endured.
A Friends of the Forest (Mogo) inspection on Friday 4 December documented unburnt forest logged with multiple trees cut down and a Nectar tree marked for protection under Swift Parrot prescriptions pushed over.
“With university research news last week that Swift Parrots number less than 300, it is criminal that the nectar tree marked for protection by Forestry was pushed over in the logging operation," said Jos.
"It is unacceptable that logging would continue in key habitat areas of the Swift Parrot. Surrounding forests were burnt in last summer's fires. Now Forestry Corporation is allowing remaining wildlife refuge areas to be destroyed. We have time to save this species if we act now to protect habitat, otherwise, we risk another extinction" said Miranda Gibson, spokesperson for Forest Defence NSW.
“In Tasmania’s Eastern Tiers, forests have been verified as a core habitat area for the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot by the same government who is sanctioning logging of these hollow bearing trees. This critical habitat is being logged for wasteful woodchips. Sus Timber Tasmania’s own documentation shows that 70% of these forests are heading straight to the chip pile,” Erik Hayward said.
“We will not sit and watch while yet another species is wiped off the face of this planet for the greed of the few. Silence is complicit,” Erik Hayward said