Timber illegally felled at South East Forest National Park
Media release: 29 June 2012
Mature trees have been illegally cut down in South East Forest National Park and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is stepping up surveillance to catch the culprits.
NPWS Acting Area Manager for the Far South Coast Franz Peters said it was clear the trees were felled for illegal fire wood collection with total disregard for the habitat they provide.
“Last week field staff discovered a large number of trees illegally felled near the village of Wyndham in the Stanton Rock Road and Burragate Road area,” Mr Peters said.
“We are deeply concerned about illegal tree felling and appeal to the public to come forward either to Parks on 6595 5000 or to local police with any information.”
Mr Peters said the area where illegal tree felling occurred is clearly marked as National Parks estate and fines up to $3,300 could be issued against those responsible.
“Habitat trees take decades to be suitable for native animals and South East Forest National Park is home to many endangered species that rely on mature trees,” Mr Peters said.
“Collecting fallen timber in national parks and reserves is also an offence as dead trees and pieces of wood provide essential habitat to ground dwelling species such as reptiles.”
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Page last updated: 29 June 2012