Leard Forest under threat

To: Russell Woodford <>
Subject: Leard Forest under threat
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 15:54:43 +1000
For those in Sydney, there is a snap rally at 12:00, on Weds 4/6/14 at Farrer 
Place. For details, see

Carl Clifford

> On 2 Jun 2014, at 14:29, Russell Woodford <> 
> wrote:
> Some info about forest clearing in preparation for a mining project. The 
> language is rather emotive but if it’s accurate then we need to get on board 
> this campaign.
> Russell Woodford
> Birding-Aus List Owner
> []<>
> I’m writing this from my laptop at the Leard Forest Coal Blockade in northern 
> New South Wales with a breaking update and an urgent request for your help.
> Right now, mining giant Whitehaven Coal is sending an army of bulldozers to 
> flatten this ancient forest -  teeming with threatened species hibernating 
> for winter - to make a monster coal mine. We’re forming a human blockade 
> which is just managing to hold off the bulldozers before they can cause any 
> more carnage.
> Our blockade can’t permanently halt the bulldozers. To really stop this 
> latest threat, we need to shame the same politicians who approved this 
> destruction to immediately intervene and call off the clearing.
> That’s where you can help today. We’ve launched an emergency petition to 
> newly installed NSW Environment and Planning Ministers - Rob Stokes and Pru 
> Goward - asking them to stop the animal slaughter in Leard State Forest and 
> save this irreplaceable 
> environment.<>
> [Take action to save the 
> Leard!]<>
> You wouldn’t believe some of the lines we’ve read in mining giant 
> Whitehaven’s so-called ‘Biodiversity Management Plan’. On tree removal, 
> they’ve told contractors to simply shake trees marked as containing hollows 
> with machinery “to encourage any animals remaining to leave the hollows and 
> move on”. Then they should “gently” push the tree over with their roaring 
> bulldozers to avoid injuring or killing hibernating bats and nesting owls [1].
> Yep, they’re actually serious! It’s so dodgy it sounds like a bad joke -- but 
> this is the very conservation plan to which our politicians have given the 
> seal of approval.
> Thankfully, public opposition to this rapid and badly planned forest 
> clearance is growing, even inside NSW Parliament House. Environment Minister 
> Rob Stokes told journalists on Friday he’s “concerned” and that the community 
> has a reasonable expectation that due process and community consultation 
> should take place [2].  Labor and Greens parliamentarians have also spoken 
> out against the clearing of this forest. The future of the Leard State Forest 
> is now firmly on the political agenda, so now is the time to act.
> Add your name today to stop the Maules Creek Coal Mine. We’ll hand deliver it 
> to the Environment and Planning Ministers during a snap rally in Sydney on 
> Wednesday.<>
> It's hard to put into words the carnage that has been unleashed in the last 
> few days, and it’s going to get worse if we don’t get it stopped. We know 
> that a coordinated, grassroots effort is exactly what can save the Leard from 
> Big Coal. Just a few weeks ago, activists at the Bentley Blockade 
> successfully prevented Metgasco from fracking in the local countryside. Let’s 
> do it again in Leard State Forest and put an end to the Maules Creek Coal 
> Mine.
> With thanks and determination,
> Nic Clyde
> Senior Climate Campaigner
> Greenpeace Australia Pacific
> PS. Our work today, both on-the-ground and at NSW Parliament House, is a 
> truly grassroots, people-powered campaign. Earlier this year, Greenpeace 
> supporters pooled over $180,000 to pressure politicians, generate media 
> coverage, and arrange direct, on-the-ground interventions just like this. 
> Today we’ve reached a crucial moment, and an opportunity, to save Leard State 
> Forest. Our action fund is really making a difference -- so thanks if you 
> were able to donate. Now, let's ramp our efforts once again to protect this 
> place. Please make sure your name is on this emergency 
> petition.<>
> [1] Whitehaven Coal Maules Creek Biodiversity Management Plan, 16 May 2014.
> [2] Patience wears thin as miners drag out environmental plan for Leard State 
> Forest, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May 2014.
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