Exclusive: Natural Resources Commission report not released by state government calls for suspension of timber harvesting in three ‘extreme risk’ zones

The New South Wales government has kept secret a document calling for a halt to native logging in regions hit hard by the black summer bushfires and recommending revising agreements to account for the increasing threat of global heating .

The Natural Resources Commission report on the Coastal Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA), a copy of which was obtained by Guardian Australia, called for the suspension of timber harvesting for a minimum of three years in three zones it deemed to be “extreme risk”. These are Narooma and Nowra on the south coast and Taree on the mid-north coast.

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