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The remnant high conservation value forests in our South West are at risk, still being logged, turned into charcoal, and wasted, even in their unique climate-saving and ecosystem-supporting roles. With precious old growth forests of trees that grow nowhere else on earth our isolated biodiversity hotspot is seriously threatened, as 90% of original growth is gone and important threatened species such Numbats and Baudin's black cockatoo need more protection. Three and half years into its first term the Labor government is still to launch a coherent state climate policy, and protected forests play a crucial role in reducing carbon.
Last week a relaunch of the Forests for Life campaign with the Western Australia Forest Alliance (WAFA) gathered people to the Moores' Building in Fremantle, some voices including Noongar Yued elder Uncle Ben Taylor, his brother Uncle Alf Taylor (who'll be in next week's program), and WA Forest Alliance's Jess Beckerling, Shona Hunter, and Giz Watson.
Photo: Supplied wafa.org.au
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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.
Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.
RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.