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We represent our member groups and supporters and organise a grassroots community campaign to deliver strategic and effective advocacy for the protection of WA’s South-West forests. We are founded on the principle of working for the forests. We believe that forests have their own intrinsic value and that we are all diminished when we think of the forests only in terms of their commercial values. Our mission is to see WA’s native forests fully and securely protected and managed to maintain and restore their ecological values, and to empower the next generation to successfully defend them against future threats.

WAFA’s Story
WAFA was established in 1990 to provide an umbrella organisation for the many groups working to protect WA’s native forests. We are grassroots, not-for-profit and committed to the protection of the forests for the forests’ sake. Since formation, we have worked towards our ultimate goal of the full protection of WA’s native forests and woodlands from logging and clearing.

What we’ve accomplished

In 2001, following an extraordinary decade-long community campaign we protected 230 000 hectares of old-growth forests. Since then we have made significant additional gains for forests and wildlife. We have:
Achieved a freeze on logging of high conservation value two-tiered karri forests
Identified and protected key areas of old-growth and other high conservation value forests that missed out on reservation in 2001
Secured the protection of all large marri trees for wildlife during most jarrah logging operations
Required industry to protect old trees with obvious nesting hollows and to carry out fauna surveys to protect special nesting and food supply areas in karri clear-felling operations

This equates to many thousands of the oldest and most ecologically valuable trees being protected during logging operations every year. We have also:
Prevented the logging industry from pushing back on our gains, specifically efforts to wipe 50 000 ha of Fauna Habitat Zones off the map and take 100 000 ha of forests out of national parks
Stopped imminent logging in Lewin, Channybearup, Nelson, Barrabup and Dalgarup forests
Exposed the wrongful export of whole logs from public forests by Nannup Timber Processing Pty Ltd, the second largest sawmilling operation in the South West, causing its contract to buy marri sawlogs to be withdrawn. (NTP has now changed hands and is being run by QLD company, Parkside Timber)

Our priorities:
We are working towards the permanent, secure protection of all native forests in the South West from logging, clearing and inappropriate fire, and the transition of the timber industry to sustainable and ecologically beneficial farm forestry and plantations.

Our next steps:
Correct the definition of ‘old-growth’ to fully protect all old-growth forests
Protect all other high conservation value forests for climate and for life
Beginning the Forests For Life Farm Forestry and Landcare Plan

Our vision
WA’s native forests and woodlands are protected from logging, clearing and inappropriate burning. The transition of the timber industry is rapidly and equitably completed to sustainably managed plantations and farm forestry on previously cleared land.

Specifically:
Mature native forests and woodlands are protected in secure reserves.
Degraded native forests are protected in a new land category called Future Forests where they can capture and store carbon and recover their ecological values over time.
The farm forestry and plantation sectors are developed on previously cleared land to capture and store carbon, manage salinity, improve water quality and provide sustainably produced timber.
Bibbulmun / Noongar controlled organisations are empowered through resourcing and regulation to operate as custodians of the forests and associated ecosystems.
The annual prescribed burning target is abandoned, and planned burns are strategically focused with guidance from Bibbulmun / Noongar fire practitioners and fire ecologists.

The State Government enters into a financial arrangement with the Federal Government to protect native forests to mitigate and improve resilience to climate change. The Federal Government allocates funds for the active custodianship of forests for climate and in turn, it counts the associated carbon storage and avoided emissions towards its national emissions reduction targets. (sourced from website 6/11/2021)

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1990

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Western Australia

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