Glenbog State Forest is located in the South East of NSW and covers an area of approximately 11,000 Hectares. Logging in the Northern section of Glenbog was scheduled in April 2014. The Glenbog at that time had many endangered and threatened species of both flora and fauna, as well as large numbers of Bare-nosed Wombats. Meeting with the NSW Forestry Corporation’s representative for the first time was astonishing when we asked how they are going to deal with the large number of wombats. Their answer was “We have a special licence called collateral damage” and "You do know wombats are not a threatened species" and “We don’t have to consider wombats as they are not threatened.”
We spent weeks in the proposed logging area to GPS mark all burrows we could find. We sprayed with fluorescent paint and tied yellow survey tape with the GPS coordinate added to each tape marker of a total of 150 wombat burrows. All GPS coordinates were provided to NSW Forestry Corporation. During the time of scanning the entire area, we were again stunned at their ignorance by their planning of dump points and roads above active wombat burrows without consideration of the consequences. We therefore supplied the Forestry Corporation with information such as GPS records and photos of high-risk threats to burrows, i.e. active burrows with-in Dump Points and along proposed new roads and tracks that needed to be cleared by bulldozer.
We also requested a total exclusion of one section on the Northern boarder due to the fragile endangered Sphagnum bog ecosystem nearby and the large number of old established wombat burrows. Our plight fell on deaf ears and at no time was an exclusion considered.
After contacting EPA (Environment Protection Authority), and numerous letters and phone calls to different Authorities, The Forestry Corporation agreed to protect our GPS marked burrows and included the following three clauses in their harvest plan.
Injured Wildlife Private property………… located adjacent to the western boundary of compartment 2321 is owned by…. . If operators identify any wildlife injured during the operation have requested that it be reported to them as soon as possible so that they can collect and treat the injured animal. Call to report any injured animals.
Common Wombat As far as practicable damage to wombat burrows must be avoided. In particular, care should be taken to ensure that burrow entries are not collapsed or obstructed by large woody material, rocks, etc. Approximately 100 wombat burrows have been marked with yellow/black striped paint in the field by local representatives of the “Wombat Protection Society” to assist machine operators in identifying their location.