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Forestry Corp facing massive revenue drop after record bushfire season

Forestry Corp facing massive revenue drop after record bushfire season

State-owned Forestry Corporation says last summer's record bushfires scorched half of the native forest estate and a quarter of its softwood plantations, setting the agency on track for a sharp drop in revenue in coming years.

  • by Peter Hannam

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Three years until Carnaby's cockatoo starvation starts, BirdLife warns

Three years until Carnaby's cockatoo starvation starts, BirdLife warns

After death by a thousand cuts for Perth's black cockatoo habitats, one final cut promises to be devastating; and the time to soften the blow is running out.

  • by Emma Young
How pandemic proved the 'bin chicken' doesn't need humans for a feed

How pandemic proved the 'bin chicken' doesn't need humans for a feed

Ibises did not suffer during pandemic lockdowns because they never relied on humans for their main source of food, an expert says.

  • by Stuart Layt
How Perth fish 'n' chip shops can sell endangered shark – with you none the wiser

How Perth fish 'n' chip shops can sell endangered shark – with you none the wiser

WA's paying more for Friday night fish 'n' chips than any other state, but there's good news too: we've got more sustainable options... if you know how to ask.

  • by Emma Young
Forestry Corp sought to ease post-bushfire logging curbs to save jobs

Forestry Corp sought to ease post-bushfire logging curbs to save jobs

Hundreds of forestry jobs are at "imminent" risk because of the lack of available timber following last summer's bushfires, the state-owned logging company warned in a letter to the environmental watchdog.

  • by Peter Hannam
Outdated Victorian environment laws failing wildlife: report

Outdated Victorian environment laws failing wildlife: report

Conservationists have decried the state’s environment laws as being part of the problem facing wildlife rather than a means to protect it. 

  • by Miki Perkins
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National parks get $400 million boost to help recover from Black Summer bushfires
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National parks get $400 million boost to help recover from Black Summer bushfires

Helicopters, which were being used a year ago to drop remote-area firefighters during the height of the blaze, are now being used to winch in 600-kilogram loads of sandstone steps to rebuild damaged bushwalks

  • by Peter Hannam
'Dinosaur trees' survived Black Summer, but they haven't recovered enough for the next bushfire

'Dinosaur trees' survived Black Summer, but they haven't recovered enough for the next bushfire

The first look at the damage to the famous "dinosaur tree" from last summer's fires raises concerns about their longer term prospects as the climate warms.

  • by Peter Hannam
Victorians urged to help scientists count 'vulnerable' platypuses

Victorians urged to help scientists count 'vulnerable' platypuses

Platypuses have been added to Victoria's threatened species list for the first time and scientists are calling on volunteers to take part in a citizen science survey to map their habitat.

  • by Miki Perkins
'Changed tune': Barilaro says parts of Kosciuszko should be horse-free
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'Changed tune': Barilaro says parts of Kosciuszko should be horse-free

NSW's Deputy Premier John Barilaro says sections of the Kosciuszko National Park should be free of feral horses.

  • by Peter Hannam
Baby sharks will need to hunt earlier in warming ocean, research finds

Baby sharks will need to hunt earlier in warming ocean, research finds

Research has found baby sharks hatch from eggs and are under pressure to feed sooner in higher ocean temperatures, putting stress on their ecosystem.

  • by Stuart Layt