Let's Buy Back Margaret River’s Mowen Forest
The Western Australian Government plans to log 1,610 hectares of jarrah and marri trees in Margaret River's state native Mowen forest. The Margaret River community, supported by the local Shire Council, wants to protect our forest from logging. We want to make an initial offer to the State Government of their anticipated profit of $90,000 to stop all logging in Mowen Forest. The WA Government's Forest Products Commission is currently finalising road works to begin logging in Mowen Forest any day now.
Scientific and economic analysis of the government's own figures show that logging our Mowen Forest is economically unsustainable. A profit of a miserable $90,000 is expected for logging 1,610 hectares (750 football fields) of our fragile forest which belongs to the biodiversity hotspot of the southwest region - one of only 34 hotspots in the world. The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has 69 declared, rare and priority flora species, 28 declared threatened fauna species and 15 priority fauna species.
The Government is not taking advice of scientists, environmentalists and economists (although government representatives have not refuted our evidence) and they are not listening to us. They are not interested in facts. They have made an emotional nostalgic decision to prop up, again, the dying industry of logging native forests. This must stop now.
We have tried unsuccessfully to reason with the WA Government. Now we are raising $90,000 as a first offer to the WA Government to buy back the right of Mowen Forest to remain as it is, in peace, with a written guarantee of no logging in 2014 or in the future. Forest, for rest, for the rest of our lives!
You have three options for donating funds through Margaret River Regional Environment Centre (Inc):
Frequently asked questions
Crowdfunding website "Chuffed"
Quotes from concerned community members (please add your comment at our Facebook page Save Mowen Forest).
Thanks from Neroli, David, Naomi, Jess, Anthony, Tracy and all the Save Mowen Forest crew. Phone: 0459 061 789