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We acknowledge the peoples of the Yuin and Wiradjuri Nations and the Ngarigo, Walgalu, Dharawal, Gundungurra, Djirringanj and Ngunnawal tribal people, who are the Traditional Owners of the Country that is the subject of this proposal. We pay respect to the Elders past and present of these Nations and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people who read about this vision for our children, our forests, our world.

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"This work looks really impressive and important. I admire your work in this area immensely." Prof. Tim Flannery, Climate Council. 13/6/2017

RECOMMENDATIONS

For the State’s 432,575ha of native forests in southeast NSW, the Great Southern Forest recommends that Federal and State Governments:

1. Espouse a new, ethically responsible long-term vision based on recognition that our public native forests now have greater environmental and economic value if left standing than being logged for woodchips; and acknowledge that plantation timbers surpass our domestic and export wood needs.

2. Endorse changing management of these biodiverse ecosystems from destructive and loss-making logging under outdated, failed RFA regimes to their crucial roles in the climate and water cycles, and now halt and reverse declines in their major contributions to species diversity and community well-being.

3. Develop new management arrangements by drawing on science and Aboriginal land management knowledge to empower Traditional Owners and others to participate in a highly skilled workforce in diverse regional jobs in forest restoration and adaptation.

4. Acknowledge the respect regional communities have: for our native forests and the life they support; for their carbon sequestration and climate mitigation benefits; and for their intrinsic uniqueness and beauty.

ENDORSEMENTS

These organisations represent about 130,000 GSF supporters - and counting!

Nature Conservation Council NSW | South East Region Conservation Alliance Inc. | National Parks Association (Far South Coast branch) | NPA NSW | Conservation Council ACT Region | National Trust (Far South Coast branch) | Lawyers for Forests

Environment East Gippsland | Potoroo Palace | Forest Media | Total Environment Centre | Clean Energy for Eternity Inc.

Friends of the Koala Inc. | North Coast Environment Council | Australian Rainforest Conservation Society | Bega Valley Greens | Australian Forests and Climate Alliance | Wildlife Rescue South Coast | NSW Wildlife Council Inc

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