A recent report suggests declining Koala populations on the North-Coast.
A recent report suggests declining Koala populations on the North-Coast. WIRES

Koala protections needed, report has found

KOALA  populations on the North Coast are being threatened by increased deforestation and concerning human impact in parks and territories.

That's the finding of a report released by the North Coast Environment Council.

NCEC spokesman Ashley Love said the report suggested the North Coast's koalas were prone to exposure by logging and general impact environments.

"This report could not be more different," Mr Love said.

"It describes the status of koalas in the wild between the Richmond and Macleay Rivers in terms of meta-populations, regional populations and sub populations.

"At all scales, it provides useful information on population estimates, habitat, threats and recommended conservation actions. 

"Majority of extant habitat protected and threats managed within Bongil Bongil National Park; logging impacts severe including intensive plantation management in Pine Creek State Forest; the Pacific Highway bisects the area and road strike is an on-going threat; also dogs, fire and stress-related disease. 

In a talk about Koala conservation at the Cavanbah Centre on Saturday respected Fauna Ecologist Dave Scotts reminded the public about the declining koala population and that these marsupials do not know the meaning of park barriers.

"Developing coastal communities are seeing numbers of displaced, injured and ill Koalas on the fringes of their towns. Koalas are also being displaced by large tracts of industrial logging as their numbers continue to decrease," Mr Scotts said.


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