Pine harvest slows to feed Carnaby’s

In an effort to provide more food for the endangered Carnaby's cockatoo, harvesting in the northern Gnangara, Pinjar and Yanchep pine plantations will be reduced for 12 months. Picture: Ben Pearce

HARVESTING in the northern Gnangara, Pinjar and Yanchep pine plantations will be slowed to protect the feeding habitat of the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo.

In a statement Forestry Minister Dave Kelly and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said harvesting would be reduced from a projected 2200ha to 500ha until June 30, 2019 to reduce the effect of pine harvesting on the Swan Coastal Plain Carnaby’s cockatoo population.

Mr Kelly and Mr Dawson said the 2018-19 Budget would include $2.5 million to enable pine to be sourced from other locations in the South West and meet supply agreements with the timber industry.

They said the funds would cover the extra haulage and thinning costs associated with harvesting at alternative sites.

“During this time, the state government will be undertaking an independent review of the strategic assessment of the Perth and Peel regions to determine the ongoing costs, risks and benefits for Western Australia.

Mr Kelly said the McGowan Government was committed to balancing the preservation of the environment and a strong sustainable forestry industry.

“This new funding will ensure the state government meets supply agreements with the timber industry, while reducing the impact on the Swan Coastal Plain population of Carnaby’s cockatoo,’’ he said.

Mr Dawson said the government was serious about the conservation and recovery of Carnaby’s cockatoo.

He said extensive work had been undertaken to conserve the species and the work would continue.

“The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is implementing the recovery plan for Carnaby’s cockatoos to aid the future conservation efforts of this endangered species,’’ he said.

“The department works collaboratively with BirdLife Australia, the WA Museum and wildlife conservation volunteers to install and repair nesting hollows, rehabilitate injured cockatoos, protect habitat, and research and monitor the species.”