Forest and Woodlands

Our natural heritage

“Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.” ― Edward O. Wilson

The Greens (WA) recognise the unique and natural beauty of Western Australia's native forests and woodlands and acknowledge both their intrinsic value as well as their vital role in the protection and production of ecosystem services, such as clean air and water.

They are an important part of our natural heritage, they contain and protect rich biodiversity, they provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities and they sequester large amounts of carbon.

Western Australia's forest and woodlands have developed unique and often complex symbiotic associations and adaptations aimed at efficient nutrient and water use in nutrient-deficient, water-scarce environments.

Studies of these (provided they remain intact) will help us to understand how crop plants, and other plants of economic importance, can produce under increasing nutrient and water stress. 

The Greens (WA) seek to end the logging and clearing of native forests and woodlands.

After decades of clearing, over-cutting and general mismanagement, many of our native forest and woodland ecosystems have been left fragmented, degraded and in need of protection and restoration.

The already serious impacts on our forests and woodlands of reduced rainfall and diseases like dieback, Armillaria and marri canker are compounded by logging, mining and inappropriate burning.

With comprehensive protection and good management our native forests can form the centrepiece of a World Heritage listing in recognition of their global significance.

Forest and Woodlands

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  • End further logging of native forests and woodlands by developing an exit strategy that would see jobs created in alternative sustainable industries in regional areas,
  • Achieve international recognition of our State forest by formulating a World Heritage listing proposal for south-west forest and woodland ecosystems,
  • Repeal the Forest Products Commission Act,
  • Implement a rapid transition to plantations and farm forestry for the production of timber currently derived from native forests,
  • Maintain, as far as possible, the ecological integrity and natural heritage values of our native forest and woodland ecosystems through a fully funded State government agency,


  • Review all current thinning practices in native forests,
  • Investigate the impacts of a drying and warming climate on forest and woodland in the south-west and formulate strategies for adaptive management,
  • Recognise native title rights and consult local Traditional Owners in the management of native forests and woodlands.
  • Oppose the expansion of open cut mining in forest and woodland ecosystems, including bauxite mining in the northern jarrah forest and mineral sands mining on the Whicher Scarp, and
  • Support and develop ecotourism and the associated high-value fine woodcraft sector.


Authorised by Lynn MacLaren © 2017

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia