By Melissa Sheil
MEMBER for Kalamunda Matthew Hughes is urging all those interested in native forests to have a say on their future before new legislation is drafted on how they will be managed.
A community survey is now open for the community to provide input to inform the Forest Management Plan (FMP), allowing the public to state what value they believe forests offer and what activities, such as mining, timber farming and firewood collection should occur.
A new management plan for the State’s South-West native forests is required every 10 years with the current FMP due to expire in 2023.
“Having our homes in the forest, we need to say what we think,” Mr Hughes said.
“Native forests, such as the Barton Coupe in Pickering Brook, are highly important to us in the Hills and this community survey is a great opportunity for people to have their say on their future.
“With the ever-increasing impacts of climate change on our native forests and given the high level of community interest in their use, now is the time to start seeking input.”
The survey, which was developed by the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute, is open until 5pm August 1, 2021.
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