River Red Gum forests
Carmel Flint <>
Tue, 13 Oct 2009 07:39:37 +1100
The future of the River Red Gum wetlands of south-western NSW is
currently being decided. A rapid regional assessment is being conducted
by the NSW Natural Resources Commission and they are currently taking
submissions on their preliminary report - until 23rd October 2009. They
will make final recommendations to the NSW Government about
environmental water flows and also about which areas will be included in
new National Parks and which will remain available for logging and
grazing at the end of November. This is the last chance to have a say
on the topic.
For those who are concerned about the future of birds such as the Superb
Parrot, Regent Parrot, Barking Owl, Gilberts Whistler, Black-chinned
Honeyeater etc, I would encourage you to make a submission. The River
Red Gum forests are the last major remnants of vegetation remaining in
one of the most heavily cleared regions in the country and they are
severely threatened by water stress - recent studies show that in some
areas, up to 90% of trees are stressed or dying. Only 1.9% of the NSW
Riverina bioregion is currently protected in National Parks.
If you support much improved environmental flows and large new National
Parks to improve the conservation of Red Gum wetlands, then please
consider writing a very short submission to the Commission to that
effect. It doesn't need to be long.
Submissions can be emailed or posted to:
Natural Resources Commission
GPO Box 4206, Sydney NSW 2001
Fascimile: 02 8227 4399
The full report by the Natural Resources Commission is available here.
For more information and access to submission guides provided by
environment groups, you can click here
<http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/?q=bmc/frontpage/5oct09> to see Friends
of the Earth website or here
to see website of the National Parks Association of NSW.
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