Koalas are 'not being protected' in state forests

THE North East Forest Alliance is calling for logging to be ceased in Koreelah State Forest, near Woodenbong, as they allege a Koala High Use Area that has been logged in breach of the North East NSW Regional Forest Agreement.

NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said that during a random audit of one pre-logged hectare of the forest, NEFA found koala scats from mothers and babies at the base of tree stumps.

"This area thus qualifies as a Koala High Use Area that should have had a 20m buffer placed around it and been excluded from logging," Mr Pugh said.

He said he believed none of the trees they examined had been searched by anyone before them, despite Forestry Corporation NSW being legally required to do so.

"Our real concern is that the limited protection we have for koalas are not being implemented," he said.

A spokesperson from the Forestry Corporation NSW responded to Mr Pugh's claims: "The issues raised by Mr Pugh are largely covered by the current regulations. His claims have been investigated and the Forestry Corporation of NSW is confident it is meeting its environmental obligations."