The State Government has made a historic decision to end the logging of native forests by 2024.
The decision is said to preserve at least an additional 400,000 hectares of jarrah, karri and wandoo forests.
According to Member for Darling Range Hugh Jones, two million hectares of native forests will be protected for future generations.
Climate change is affecting the sustainability and growth of our native forests and it is critical that we preserve them to support regional communities, protect biodiversity, and safeguard important carbon sinks, he said.
Jarrahdale is home to parts of the only jarrah forest in the world, which extends down to the south west of WA.
Save Our Jarrah member Jan Star said this new legislation is a step in the right direction.
The writing has been on the wall for some time, she said.
The industry is not making profit from logging, and the trees that they are taking are getting smaller and so the forest is not recovering from the logging.
It just doesnt make sense in terms of carbon storage.
Jarrahdale has been terribly effected by the logging.
Member for Darling Range, Hugh Jones said from 2024 onwards, timber taken from WAs native forests will only be from forest management activities such as ecological thinning for forest health and clearing for approved mining operations, such as Alcoa. (sourced from News article https://www.yourlocalexaminer.com.au/an-end-to-logging/ 12/11/2021)