Concerns over tree clearing at Lorne

So, the world agrees that climate change is real, and the IPCC says we have only 12 years to dramatically reduce our massive CO2 output.

And a new scientific study is confirming that the most effective strategy for battling the planetary climate emergency is to plant billions of trees and restore our forests to healthy maturity. A no-brainer, right?

So, what's happening in our little patch of paradise?

Off the gravel section of Lorne Rd, Forest Corporation NSW has begun another intensive clear-fell operation in none other than the headwaters of the Camden Haven River.

The area can be seen clearly from the Comboyne ridge at the top of the catchment.

To top it off, it's currently breeding season for gliders, quolls and possums - the FCNSW logging plan even acknowledges that this is high-density glider habitat.

Every 20 minutes, another logging truck passes my house loaded up with mature trees perhaps 50 - 100 years old.

Trees that are existing or potential wildlife habitat - our best hope of restoring mature forest with tree hollows for nesting and roosting.In this area, we are still in drought.

So far, it's the driest 6 months ever recorded. McLeods Creek has not been running for months, something that hasn't been witnessed for at least 40 years.

But the intensive logging continues regardless. Climate change? Drought? Habitat destruction for our precious plants and animals? Who cares? Not FCNSW or our complicit NSW State Government, obviously.

What about the rest of us? Do we care?

Jane McIntyre


The Camden Haven Courier contacted Forestry Corporation NSW and a spokesperson said the the operation referred to is in Comboyne State Forest, a regrowth forest which has been harvested for timber many times before.

"This operation is a regeneration harvesting event and it not a clearfall operation as this technique is only ever used in plantations in NSW. In fact around three quarters (75%) of the area will be left untouched. This particular forest type responds well to disturbance and the timber harvesting practices used will encourage the regeneration of the forest."