Millions of native animals which depend on woodlands for their habitats have been killed over the years from land clearing. A number of threatened species, including the iconic koala and some of our rarest birds, are directly impacted by the loss of trees and woodlands. If we want to protect our special, unique biodiversity — one of the stated purposes of the Vegetation Management Act — we need to dramatically reduce land clearing rates.
and what about erosion?
Trees help keep landscapes intact and healthy. Clearing trees can lead to degraded land, erosion and run off especially along river banks. There are many instances now of massive eroded gullies on the east coast of Queensland being created or made worse by tree clearing.