Plea for woodlands

AN exhibition about the world’s largest remaining temperate woodland aims to gain formal recognition and protection from mining for one of Western Australia’s least-understood environments.

The Wilderness Society has long advocated against mining in the Great Western Woodlands, an area that runs from the Nullarbor to the Wheatbelt and is considered a biodiversity hotspot for its eucalypts, 3000-odd flowering plant species and variety of fauna. There is currently a proposal to clear 392 hectares for a lithium mine near Southern Cross.

The society has put together an exhibition that mixes art and photography from professional, amateurs, junior photographers and winners from its Great Western Woodlands photography competition, which will be held at the City Arts Space on the corner of Lake and James Streets in Northbridge from March 14-17.

Jane Putland – A Foggy Sunrise Moment

It’s open 6-8pm for opening night, 10am-4pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am-2pm on Sunday.

Wilderness Society state director Kit Sainsbury says there’s nowhere on earth like the woodlands.

“It supports biodiversity that keeps out climate in check,” Ms Sainsbury said.

“But the Great Western Woodlands needs formal recognition, not more mining.

“We hope this exhibition will encourage more awareness of these trees and soils store 950 million tonnes of carbon; more than Australia emits in an entire year.”

by SHREYA PILO

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