Qinira Estuary dune forest destruction – a photo collage of the damage to trees, mostly protected coastal red milkwoods

The red arrows indicate the coastal dune forests which are being decimated by illegal activities. There is no authoritative control or management of these reasonably pristine coastal dune systems

Yesterday museum scientist Kevin Cole met with officials from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries and the Buffalo City Municipal Metro (BCMM) to discuss the action to be taken on the matter of the gross negligence on the part of BCMM allowing illegal camping on a sensitive coastal estuarine flood plain and in a coastal dune forest.

Below is correspondence sent to municipal officials in October 2019 in an attempt to circumvent the horrendous chopping of trees and removal of the same over this past festive season.

Trees which have been hacked, chopped and destroyed by illegal campers and other individuals sourcing wood for cooking meat. This traversity has been taking place for the past number of years with the most destruction caused this past festive season (2019/2020). Photos: Kevin Cole (all taken 15 January 2020)

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