‘Forest friends’ declare Tuckers Nob closed

Locals near Tuckers Nob State Forest say they have closed the road. Photo: Karlee Brown.

A GROUP of logging protesters have gathered to symbolically close Tuckers Nob State Forest to forestry operations.

Local residents along Roses Road, Gleniffer with the support of the ‘Friends of Tuckers Nob’ group, have posted ‘notice of closure’ signs at the main entrances to compartments 26 and 27 of the state forest, which are proposed for logging operations this year.

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Tuckers Nob State Forests sits within the proposed area for a Great Koala National Park.

Protesters say it is a known location for koalas, as well as a biodiversity hotspot for threatened species including the endangered Ringwood, or Aniseed myrtle, a rainforest tree which grows only in the Bellinger, Kalang and Nambucca River valleys.

Dr Tim Cadman told News Of The Area the Ringwood has been nominated for assessment as endangered to the NSW threatened species committee.

Mr Cadman said he has requested a permit to undertake research of the koala population, but is not hopeful he will be given permission.

“If forestry can close the forest to us, the people, we can close it to them,” said Roses Road resident Brett Harrison.
“We don’t want this precious area logged.

“We want to save our beloved koalas.”

A spokesperson for Forestry Corporation NSW said, “Even though hardwood timber plantations are not native forests, Forestry Corporation puts measures in place to protect wildlife that may traverse the plantations and operators are trained in koala search and identification and inspect every tree before felling.

“Plantations are managed in a broader forested landscape that also includes adjacent habitat that is permanently protected in native forests.”

By Andrew VIVIAN

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