Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Satellite Images spot land clearing

So if you’re a landowner on the Northern Rivers, you might want to think twice about cutting down trees on your property without permission.

Satellite images are now being sent to local landowners who may have illegally cleared vegetation, reports Northern Star.

So far 22 letters have been sent to people in this region, with more expected to be sent in the coming weeks.

The NSW Department of Environment Climate Change and Water started the ‘high-tech education campaign’ this week.

The department says more 60 per cent of the native vegetation in NSW has been cleared, thinned or substantially disturbed.

This has led to the extinction of 77 plant and animal species.

It has also caused soil erosion, increased dry land salinity and a decline inwater quality.

But since the introduction of the Native Vegetation Act in 2003, more than 400,000 hectares of native vegetation has been conserved or rehabilitated on private land.


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