The Nannas for Native Forests anti-logging campaign spearheaded by South West grandmothers went to Perth this week, where protesters met Forestry Minister Dave Kelly. Group leaders including Margaret River Regional Environment Centre co-ordinator Peta Goodwin and WA Forest Alliance convenor Jess Beckerling put their call for an urgent review of WA’s forestry plan before the minister. Ms Goodwin said it was a “respectful” meeting with Mr Kelly. “We all spoke about the importance of protecting our remaining forests for climate, life and future generations,” she told the Times. The group said the planned review of WA’s Forest Management Plan in 2023 “was not soon enough considering how fast the forest was being logged — 10 football fields a day in the South West — and how much stress it is already under”. “Scientists all over the world agree on the importance of standing forests to mitigate climate change and that they are the best and most efficient carbon sinks we have,” Ms Goodwin said. “We will be continuing to push for an immediate halt to the logging of all native forests and a rapid transition to plantation timber and farm forestry.” Mr Kelly told the Times he appreciated the group’s passion, and reiterated Labor’s support for, and role in, the State’s old-growth logging ban — which protesters have questioned. “When the process to prepare the next FMP commences in 2021, contributions from all stakeholders, including the Nannas for Native Forests, will be invited when planning for the sustainable management of our native forests into the future,” Mr Kelly said.