The never ending story – DSE Superbly stuffs up again
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE – what a misnomer!) approved the logging of a mapped and protected Superb Parrot Special Protection Zone. The 30 hectares logged at Grinters Ridge in the Barmah Forests was about 60% of the SPZ and about 15% of the total habitat that the bird has left. This parrot is close to extinction, having lost most of its habitat to clearing. This is a massive blow to a critically endangered bird species that the DSE is supposed to protect. If private land owners destroyed protected habitat, they would face severe penalties.