Boral wrapping up wood-chipping on the North Coast
GREENS NSW said it welcomes the move by Boral Timber to end export wood-chipping of native forests on the North Coast.
The party said wood-chipping in NSW has been responsible for the clear-felling of native forests on the North Coast to produce only minimal profits despite taxpayer subsidies.
Greens MP and Forestry spokesperson David Shoebridge said he was delighted Boral was moving away from wood chip exports of our native forests.
"Boral has applied to the Forest Stewardship Council for ecological certification of its products on the North Coast but many consider it unlikely that a fair audit of their operations would allow the award of such a certification," Mr Shoebridge said.
"This step shows that Boral considers its operations are unlikely to meet even the relatively modest requirements for "controlled wood" certification by the Forest Stewardship Council.
"This move by Boral only comes after decades of work by forestry activists and conservation groups placing pressure on Boral on the North Coast.
"It is now time for the Government to act and protect our native forests from any further wood-chipping operations."