Alliance call on enviro minister to intervene on logging

THE North East Forest Alliance is calling on the State Environment Minister to intervene to stop the Environment Protection Authority changing the logging rules on public land to open up over 15,000 hectares of protected stream buffers and exclusion areas for threatened animals in the Richmond River valleys for logging.

Alliance spokesperson Dailan Pugh said they were calling on Environment Minister Mark Speakman, to intervene and stop the proposed changes.

"Our rivers are already very sick, we need to restore their health, not make them worse," Mr Pugh said.

"The Clarence and Richmond are the lifeblood of the Northern Rivers; we store their waters for drinking, eat fish, prawns and shellfish obtained from them, recreate within them, and water our livestock and crops with their waters."

Mr Pugh was concerned about slashing buffers for the 'vital' headwaters.

In relation to the new logging rules, Minister Speakman promised NEFA last July that "he was determined to pursue" the commitment that "any changes will not erode environmental values".