Forests around Denmark protected for the future as council supports WA Forest Alliance

Campbell WilliamsonThe West Australian
Karri trees along Silver Road near Denmark
Camera IconKarri trees along Silver Road near Denmark Credit: Tourism WA

Shire of Denmark council has endorsed a proposal to protect native bushland around the Denmark region by supporting the WA Forest Alliance.

Established in 1990, the alliance is made up of more than 20 forest conservation groups from Perth and the South West and aims to protect high-value conservation forests around WA.

More than three-quarters of the Shire of Denmark is covered by National or State forest, with the area’s natural beauty a significant tourism drawcard.

In endorsing the proposal to support the alliance at their March meeting, councillors agreed to support conservation of forests and finish the transition to farm forestry in Denmark.

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The council also committed to advocating for the inclusion of Noongar custodians to achieve these goals.

Shire chief executive David Schober said the Denmark community had made its support clear.

“The WA Forest Alliance has a large support base in our community, which was emphasised by members of the public before the motion was tabled,” Mr Schober said.

“Council made a commitment in line with community expectations.”

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