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A Good Update!

Greetings.  It’s been a long while since we last updated the situation at Glenbog, but we have some good news.

Marie and Ray Wynan have been in lengthy discussions with the Forestry Corporation of NSW and have had some major impact on the logging work that has proceeded in the Glenbog State Forest.

Due to the Wynan’s influence new logging guidelines have been implemented, burrows are being GPS marked with many being left totally undisturbed if possible and others (that are in direct line of logging activity) being constantly monitored and protected.

Now, wouldn’t it be wonderful to see this happen in all logging forests everywhere! Please contact us if you are aware of burrow destruction in other forests and would like some information on how to act to protect wombats and other Australian native animals.

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The Wynan’s with an employee from the Forestry Corporation of NSW in a portion of the Glenbog State Forest.

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Japan visits Glenbog!

The Glenbog wombats have been a major feature of a campaign in Japan to persuade paper users not to accept paper made from Eden woodchips.

Following a visit from Japanese campaigners from Japan Tropical Forest Action Network (JATAN) in September last year, the Tokyo based group has undertaken a market campaign to inform Nippon Paper customers about the consequences of logging and woodchipping by its subsidiary, South East Fibre Exports, at Eden. They have received a reply from Nippon Paper which shows some profound misunderstandings about how SEFE operates and the impact that logging has on the wombats and other wildlife.

The wombats will not be taking this lying down!

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In the photo Keith Hughes, Akira Harada, Rina Miyagi and (of course) Ray Wynan’s back.


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Some good news for a change!!

Some good news for a nice change!!

Forestry NSW have agreed to write a draft of operational guidelines for managing wombat burrows in State Forests. We won a battle but we still have to win the war!

Please continue to write to Forestry, Local and State Governments to ensure that ALL native animals are considered and protected in logging activity.

The draft guideline will consider:

1 Differentiation between burrows and ‘bolt-holes’

2 Identification of whether burrows are active or not (using simple overnight monitoring measures)

3 Location of snig tracks entering log dumps

4 Treatment of burrows located at the end of large logs on the ground ·

5 A field marking protocol


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BAD NEWS

BAD NEWS

Below is part of an email from Marie and Ray Wynan to Forestry Corporation and proof that wombats have been killed resulting from forestry activity.

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Referring to one of our previous phone conversations when you asked what the Forestry Corporation can do to improve the practices.
We visited four proposed dump points in compartments 2331 and 2332 Glenbog No 149 (Nitens Rd – Old Bega Rd).
Again, there seems to have been NO considerations of wombat burrows within the vicinity of the marked dump points.
There is NO mention about wombats and their burrows in the final operational plan. (as pointed out to us by members of public)
ACTIVE Bare-nosed Wombat burrows GPS coordinates in the vicinity of Dump points;
S36*36.00.1 E149*24.39.2 located at Dump H (now clearly marked as number 451)
S36*35.49.7 E149*24.21.6 Dump N  (clearly marked 452)
S36*35.48.1 E149*24.23.6  Dump N  (clearly marked 453)
S36*35.56.1 E149*24.18.2  Dump J  (clearly marked 454)
S36*35.54.1 E149*24.16.3  Dump J  (clearly marked 455)
S36*35.56.7 E149*24.24.7  Dump I  (clearly marked 456)
Also attached photos of a deceased adult male wombat found under the logging debris north of Dump H Compartment 2321.
deadwombay


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Parliament – Monday, 18th August 2014

So! Many people wrote and complained about Forestry’s logging at Glenbog yet The Minister for Primary Industries has indicated during question time that nothing will change.

Link to full document –http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/Parlment/Committee.nsf/0/f1becbdd97107806ca257d25001870dc/$FILE/Answers%20-%20Questions%20on%20notice%20-%20Supplementary%20questions%20-%20Primary%20Industries.pdf

Glenbog wombats

12. What action will be taken against the contractor for damage to wombat burrow?

ANSWER
The Forestry Corporation of NSW is investigating the incident. The appropriate action will be determined once this investigation has concluded.

13. What steps have been taken to ensure this does not happen again?

ANSWER
The investigation will look at opportunities for continuous improvement. Appropriate actions will be determined once the investigation has concluded.

14. Given the existence of voluntary measures and a claimed 2,000 prescriptions were not sufficient to protect these burrows, what changes is the Minister proposing to make to the regulations?

ANSWER
Forestry activities are regulated by the Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs), which contain appropriate measures for protecting wildlife across the landscape. The Forestry Corporation of NSW is committed to continuously improving its operations to minimise any environmental impact as a result of harvest
operations.

15. Will any action be action against the contractor for damage to wombat burrow?

ANSWER
The Forestry Corporation of NSW is investigating the incident. The appropriate action will be determined once the investigation has concluded.

16. Regarding the logging of Glenbog State Forest Compartments 2301,11 and 21:
(a) What factors were responsible for the suspension of logging in the vicinity of Log Dump F in the week ending 15 August 2014?
(b) When did the Forestry Corporation become aware of these factors?
(c) Why were these factors not known or acted upon before the logging commenced?
(d) Which contractor was engaged to undertake the logging of Glenbog Cpts 2301, 11 and 21?

ANSWER
a) Allegations were published in the media relating to deliberate breaches of the harvest plan. Forestry Corporation of NSW is investigating the incident.
b) The allegations were published on Sunday 10 August 2014.
c) No allegations of deliberate breaches of the harvest plan were brought to the attention of the Forestry Corporation of NSW before harvesting commenced.
d) The Forestry Corporation of NSW’s contracts relating to timber harvesting in Glenbog State Forest are with Blue Ridge Hardwoods and South East Fibre Exports. Harvesting contractors are engaged by these companies directly.

17. Will the principle of avoiding logging in the vicinity of wombat burrows be applied in future logging operations?
(a) If so, will this be done on a case by case basis or will a requirement be incorporated into the IFOAs.
(b) If not, why not?

ANSWER
No.
a) N/A
) The harvest plan instruction in Glenbog State Forest was to avoid damage to wombat burrows as far as practicable, not to avoid harvesting in the vicinity. The Forestry Corporation of NSW’s ecologists make an assessment of the appropriate environmental prescriptions to apply within the framework of the IFOA and other related legislation when planning each compartment.

Winter logging

18. Does the Government support the principle that logging should not occur during winter months because of harm done to native wildlife which hibernate or rest in torpor during the winter?

ANSWER
Habitat for species that use periods of torpor over the cooler months is already routinely protected during timber harvesting in State forests, due to regulated exclusion zones around specified environmental features and requirements to retain
habitat and recruitment trees across the landscape. The existing prescriptions protect native wildlife and their habitat during timber harvesting, including during periods when they may be hibernating or resting in torpor.

19. Will the Government consider applying the principle of avoiding winter logging under the authority of the Forestry Corporation?

ANSWER
The protective measures for wildlife habitat applied in State forests were developed by expert panels and have taken into account the specific fauna groups and individual species’ habitat needs, including those that enter periods of torpor.
Application of these conditions means native wildlife and their habitat are protected during timber harvesting, including during periods when they may be hibernating or resting in torpor, and accordingly there is no need to avoid timber harvesting during
winter.