olive whistler habitat to be logged

Subject: olive whistler habitat to be logged
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 02:04:47 GMT
This Easter weekend I went down to Badja State Forest, east of Cooma, hoping to 
see Powerful Owls and Sooty Owls. There are also Olive Whistlers there. 
I didn't see any. Instead I met a whole lot of people building a wall across a 
newly constructed logging road, and spent the weekend helping them, because 
State Forests are about to log the place, despite its fame as a home to 
endangered species of birds, bats and mammals.
Apparently there have been intermittent battles going on for at least a decade 
between State Forests and all the scientists and environmentalists who want 
Badja left alone.
They are trying to negotiate with Kim Yeadon, Minister for Forestry and Energy, 
to leave Badja alone for now. There are lots of people coming and going, but 
they said they welcomed visitors and would like to see as many people down 
there as possible. 
There were people there from the Sydney and Canberra Wilderness Societies, so 
they could probably give directions. Or I could fax anyone a map and directions 
if you want to get down there and lend your support -- or just see some of the 
rare birds and other wildlife there before it loses its habitat.


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