In NSW, the overwhelming majority of logged native forest ends up as low-value woodchips, with small amounts of value adding and high levels of controversy. Native forests provide far greater value for their ecosystem services and long‐term carbon storage. As we move towards a low carbon economy, our naturally carbon dense native forests will become increasingly valuable.
It’s time for NSW to commit to ending native forest logging, reject proposals to burn native forests for power and protect and restore the state’s once great forest corridors. In taking these steps, NSW can realise the benefits of its forests and their role as vital habitat for native plants and wildlife, in storing carbon and in reducing the impacts of flood and drought on local communities.