Skip to main content

To: Forestry Corporation NSW, Andrew Constance MP and Gladys Berejiklian

Protect the Masked Owl and the baby Sea Eagles of Corunna Forest

Protect the Masked Owl and the baby Sea Eagles of Corunna Forest

Please saved the Masked Owl and the Baby Sea Eagles at Corunna State Forest, and protect the foreshore lakes.

Protect the Masked Owl
A rare and protected Masked Owl was photographed inside Corunna Forest in October, 2018. Forestry must immediately stop work while the nest is located and apply Clause 5.13 of the Threatened Species License - which requires a 300 HA exclusion around Corunna Forest.

Leave the Baby Sea Eagles alone
Forestry will soon log within 50m of the Sea Eagle nests. These Sea Eagles must not be disturbed.

Leave Corunna Lake alone
Follow Marine Park Authority's advice and protect Corunna Lake for public health and safety, and for the safety of the species living in the Lake.

Leave Tilba Tilba Lake alone
Run off from this logging operation must not be allowed to reach Tilba Tilba Lake.

Protect the Giants of Macquarie Street
The Giants of Macquarie Street must not be logged. They are majestic trees over 100 years old and are slowly developing vital tree hollows for animal habitat.

Why is this important?

Masked Owl
Residents recently photographed a rare Masked Owl living at Corunna Forest. According to the NSW State Government, Masked Owls can only fly 500 to a maximum of 1,000 HA from their nest. There is therefore no doubt that the Masked Owl nest is inside Corunna Forest.

The Threatened Species License (CL 6.4) requires 300 HA of forest to be preserved when a Masked Owl nest is present. This requires Forestry Corporation NSW to immediately cease logging at Corunna Forest.

Forestry say they are using a "Landscape" approach, which requires 300 HA of forest to be set aside somewhere within 150km of the forest. They have not been able to identify on any map where this 300HA is.

Wherever it is, it is clearly not within reach of this Masked Owl.

Forestry Corp say they can apply this method because they were only provided with a photograph of the owl drinking from a pond, not a photograph of the Masked Owl's nest.

Whether a nest was photographed or not, the limited range of the owl shows there is no question that the nest is inside Corunna Forest, and that the 300 HA of exclusion around this endangered owl must immediately be invoked. As the Masked Owl's range does not extend beyond Corunna Forest, clause 5.13 of the Threatened Species License clearly must be applied immediately.

Instead of slowing down to look for the nest, Forestry Corporation ignored the Masked Owl, and locked the Forest so residents couldn't find the nest. Press statements were issued that 70 hours of forest surveys were conducted in the lead up to logging, so therefore no further searches are required. Forestry say the contractors have been instructed to look at each tree before the harvester cuts it down to see if an owl is there.

The Landscape model could perhaps be an adequate response to a Powerful Owl, or a Sooty Owl. These owls have a much greater range. They are more adaptable too, and likely to adapt to a new nest if need be. Masked Owls on the other hand, do not. If their nest is disturbed they tend to die out. That's not a risk New South Wales can afford to take, when many rare species, including the Masked Owl, are in rapid decline.

The people of NSW are calling on the NSW State Government to act responsibly and protect the Masked Owl, and show residents the location - on a map - of the owl protection exclusion zone, and how the Masked Owl is supposed to reach this new home. If this can't be proven, then Threatened Species License Clause 15.3 must immediately be invoked.

Baby Sea Eagles
The Sea Eagle babies need protection too. At present there is a 300m exclusion zone around the baby sea eagles at Corunna Lake. Forestry have confirmed that they are waiting for the babies to begin to fly, so the 300m can reduce to 50m around the nest. Most of this 50m is either out at sea, or it is on the beach. In reality, logging will occur just 25m from the Sea Eagles.

Corunna Lake
Forestry Corp need to apply the recommendations of the Marine Park Authority which call for greater protections of Corunna Lake and a halt to logging operations in the warmer months to prevent toxic algal blooms and act in the best interests of pubic safety. Forestry Corp NSW must follow the advice of the Batemans Bay Marine Park Authority and leave the lake alone - at least until the weather cools down.

Tilba Tilba Lake
Corunna Forest is a watershed that drains to two fragile lake systems at the foot of Gulaga. The streams leaving Corunna Forest on the ocean side of the forest drain to Victoria Creek which opens in to Tilba Tilba Lake, which is prone to complete fish kill in the summer months if sediment increases in response to soil disturbance discharging into the creeks. As the forest is at the headway of these creeks, greater protection must be put in place.

Protect the Giants of Macquarie Street
These giant stands are highly valued by the community and must be protected. They are vital habitat for protected species and all wildlife at Corunna. We need the Giants of Macquarie Street left in place for future generations of Masked Owls.

Finding a Masked Owl at Corunna Forest is a miracle.

It is a testimony to the value of leaving 100 year old trees in place. This forest was last logged 30 years ago. There are no tree hollows in most of the forest - the trees need another 100-200 years to reach that maturity.

Forestry estimate most of the trees at Corunna are around 100 years old. That's why the Masked Owl lives here. But the Masked Owl won't simply move on to a new home. They don't. Once their habitat is gone, they die out too.

The land Forestry wants to log fronts right onto a fragile sea lake between Mystery Bay and Tilba. You can hear the waves crashing from inside the forest. That's why the Sea Eagle has two nests here. But what will become of them once Forestry knocks down the forest right at their doorstep?

They will be shredding the Forest as close as 25m from the nest, and leaving the canopy of the forest floor as a massive fire risk. The logging is scheduled to happen all the way along the highway, both sides of the road, between these two beautiful towns on the Nature Coast of New South Wales.

It's time to speak up for the Masked Owl, it's time to speak up for the baby Sea Eagles. This is our last chance. This is not about taking away the few jobs left in the forestry industry. It's about sustainably managed resources, plantation and habitats that cater for the needs of all animals, not just humans.

The logging is happening as we speak. The Sea Eagles may have only weeks left. The Masked Owl only days. The Giants of Macquarie Street will be lost or generations. The Lakes will be off limits, and no one knows how long it will be until they recover, if they ever do.

How it will be delivered


Corunna NSW, Australia

Maps © Stamen; Data © OSM and contributors, ODbL

Reasons for signing

  • It is important to save wildlife and local species
  • I signed the petition because I believe that the lives of the Masked Owls and baby Sea Eagles are important.
  • We need to protect our South Coast of NSW in perpetuity. Love my friends the Masked Owl


2018-11-21 22:21:40 +1100

Illegal Logging

2018-11-21 20:07:48 +1100

The people are not in support of native forest logging

2018-11-21 20:01:12 +1100

Illegal Logging
Illegal logging is a major global problem. Since 2012, we have had laws to combat illegal logging and promote the trade of legal timber products.

2018-11-21 20:00:29 +1100

Australia's endangered forests are being 'stolen' and sold in hardware and office stores
Thousands of hectares of state forest appear to have been logged illegally or are earmarked for it,

2018-11-21 19:59:48 +1100

Logging deals are death warrants for native animals
The Morrison government's plan to roll over forestry agreements for another generation is dire

2018-11-17 07:24:37 +1100

Corunna in the National News- the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday as the new forest agreements look set to roll

2018-11-12 09:18:48 +1100

FaithE has arrived. Yes, faith with an E for Export. Faithe, you see, has docked at Eden, where her belly is swelling with the limbs of our native forests. She births in Hong Kong normally, that's her home port, but she is a vessel of the international paper trade. She even has Paper tattooed on her side. Australia - pay attention - every time Faithe leaves our shores she takes with her 400 Hectares of our forest, to feed the insatiable global demand for crisp white copier paper and lovely fresh scented toilet paper. Give me a GUM LEAF ANYDAY! Track Faithe's bouyant journey across the deep blue sea with your own eyes

2018-11-09 13:36:23 +1100

50 people attended a peaceful roadside meeting this morning to ask Forestry NOT to place a log dump around the sea eagles nest at Corunna Forest. The log dump was created within an hour of residents returning to work. This log dump is right on the edge of the Sea Eagle Exclusion zone and facilitates a handful of hectares of difficult to access forest on the shores of Corunna Lake. A very sad day indeed for Corunna.

2018-11-08 15:26:01 +1100

Residents are holding a public meeting tomorrow morning to request Forestry Corp NOT to clear a Log Dump right on the edge of the Sea Eagle's exclusion zone. This is happening Friday and Saturday 0700-0900

2018-11-07 19:35:11 +1100

Lee Blessington says everyone wants the forest chopped down. So we thought we would ask You - what do you think?

2018-11-04 11:25:21 +1100

Corunna Forest featured on 2SER breakfast - podcast link

2018-11-02 11:03:21 +1100

Andrew Constance wouldn't visit the Masked Owl so the Masked Owl went to visit Andrew Constance.

2018-10-30 17:27:31 +1100

500 signatures reached

2018-10-27 09:46:32 +1100

Forest Embassy calls on the Giants of Macquarie Street to protect the waters of the lake.
Earlier this week residents began a blockade of Corunna Forest between Mystery Bay and Tilba. This evolved into a mobile Forest Embassy open Mon-Sat 6am-10am.

Forestry Corp still plan to ignore advice from Batemans Bay Marine Park Authority to leave the lake alone in summer; and ignore crucial advice that a 50m foreshore buffer will make the protected waters collateral damage.

Residents are again telling the Government that logging on a protected foreshore lake is completely unacceptable in 2018. As the"Giants of Macquarie Street" fall, we again call on the political Giants of Macquarie street to speak up.

In a poignant video, the Special Envoy named trees are cut with footage of Brushgrove Lane Corunna which has already been logged.

Please contact the Government to request loggers do NOT cross the highway to log Corunna Lake.

2018-10-26 07:55:21 +1100

How much does it cost to create a forestry job? "Every native forestry job requires $5,041,000 worth of investment in machinery, equipment and infrastructure such as roads – about 12 times more than the average for other industries."

2018-10-25 08:19:46 +1100

The Federal Government is ultimately responsible under international agreements for the welfare of species facing extinction. Forestry agreements for the next 20 years are about to be rolled out across New South Wales that would make conditions for Swift Parrots very, very difficult.

2018-10-25 08:18:08 +1100

According to government records, The #MaskedOwl has a home range of 1000ha and it is roughly circular. The range has a diameter of about 3.5 km.
Yet Forestry Corporation and the NSW EPA are ignoring all requests for information about the exclusion areas set aside under the landscape approach for the owl.
The Threatened Species License that governs this operation clearly states that the Site Based Approach is "most appropriate for single records or small scattered patches of forest or both". What we have here is BOTH a single record of the owl AND a small scattered patch of forest. Why then, has the Site Method NOT been applied to the discovery of the Masked Owl, and why are forestry telling residents the owl is perfectly safe living on a nearby farm. #MaskedOwl

2018-10-24 13:46:59 +1100

Why are governments not responding to community calls for an end to logging?
1. On the South Coast two corporate interests will soon take all the native forest wood produced from State Forests.
2. The 2 are not competitors; they will be partners in a consortium likely to run a new mill located on the chipmill site at Eden.
3. Statewide, Allied Natural Wood Exports and Boral will take about 65% of wood from State Forests. Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal - Review of Forestry Corporation of NSW’s native timber harvesting and haulage costs’s-native-timber-harvesting-and-haulage-costs/legislative-requirements/final-report-review-of-forestry-corporation-of-nsw’s-native-timber-harvesting-and-haulage-costs-december-2017.pdf

2018-10-23 22:14:17 +1100

WIN News coverage of Corunna Forest campaign

2018-10-21 13:31:40 +1100

Funeral for the Forest

2018-10-18 15:51:32 +1100

Penny Sharpe MLC mentions the Masked Owl and the state of Corunna Forest in parliament

2018-10-18 15:50:11 +1100

Dawn Walker MLC mentions the masked owl in parliament

2018-10-18 15:19:40 +1100

Watch Finn's letter to the "Logging People"

2018-10-14 21:59:12 +1100

A spectacular showcase of Corunna Forest by acclaimed film maker David Gallan

2018-10-13 00:44:03 +1100

The Lone Drummer made a little promo video for Forestry Corp NSW

2018-10-11 01:23:56 +1100

Radio interview #CorunnaForest

2018-10-10 19:08:47 +1100

100 signatures reached

2018-10-09 21:48:31 +1100

50 signatures reached

2018-10-09 17:57:58 +1100

25 signatures reached

2018-10-09 16:09:04 +1100

10 signatures reached

2018-10-09 15:25:14 +1100

Forestry Corp NSW were due to begin logging near the Sea Eagles this week but they have focused their efforts instead on the Masked Owl habitat. The forest is in a critical place needing urgent intervention from the NSW State Government.