EPA continues ‘complex’ investigation into illegal logging claims

The EPA during a recent visit to Tantawangalo State Forest. Picture: Twitter
The EPA during a recent visit to Tantawangalo State Forest. Picture: Twitter

The NSW Environment Protection Authority is continuing its investigation into alleged illegal state forest logging in Tantawangalo.

EPA officers inspected logged areas of Tantawangalo State Forest, assessing rocky outcrops and cliff landscape features as part of the ongoing investigation, following complaints by South East Forest Rescue in 2016.

“The investigation is complex, covering a large area and is currently ongoing,” an EPA spokesperson said.

The agency raised concerns with Forestry Corporation NSW following a compliance operation in March this year.

“We advised the Forestry Corporation of NSW of concerns with identifying rocky outcrops and their boundaries and encouraged them to improve their practices,” the EPA said at the time.

Forestry Corporation said they were “confident” all rocky outcrops within the compartment were being protected, yet did concede the interpretation surrounding the Threatened Species Licence for such areas is an issue.

“We are working with the EPA to make it less subjective,” production supervisor for Eden Amba Addinsall said.