18 Jul 2020 - Joanna Bodley
Statement in relation to Stop Work Order issued by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for an operation in Wild Cattle Creek State Forest
There are rigorous and detailed rules in place designed to provide a high level of environmental protection during forestry operations and we take compliance with these measures very seriously. We recognise the importance of giant trees and actively search for and protect them on all operations.
In this operation, more than 180 trees have been protected under the giant tree prescription.
Due to the shape of the trees and the flaring and buttressing at the base, standard forestry practices would not routinely consider a measurement at the base to be reliable.
Our intention on all operations is to comply with all conditions, which are in place to ensure a high level of environmental protection. This issue has not arisen before since the introduction of new regulations.
Harvesting is already substantially complete at this site and no further trees will be felled. The contractor has been briefed and will comply with the stop work notice.
This issue has not arisen before since the introduction of new regulations and we will continue working with the EPA as they investigate further.
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