Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Clearing-of-the-Leard-State-Forest-in-New-South-Wales-27MZIF3FIY9M.htmlConceptually similarClearing of the Leard State Forest in New South WalesGP0STO7R4Completed★★★★Clearing of the Leard State Forest in New South WalesGP0STO7R5Completed★★★★Clearing of the Leard State Forest in New South WalesGP0STO7R6Completed★★★★Clearing of the Leard State Forest in New South WalesGP0STO7R8Completed★★★★Clearing of the Leard State Forest in New South WalesGP0STO7R7Completed★★★★Blockade of Maules Creek Coalmine in AustraliaGP0STO7RCCompleted★★★★★★Leard State Forest Blockade in New South WalesGP0STO7QTCompleted★★★★Leard State Forest Clearing Action in AustraliaGP0STOESXCompleted★★★★★★Leard State Forest Clearing Action in AustraliaGP0STOESYCompleted★★★★★★View AllGP0STO7REClearing of the Leard State Forest in New South WalesClearing and felling in the Leard State Forest. Protesters blocked entry to Whitehaven's controversial Maules Creek coal mine development. The mine faces massive community opposition and environmental organisations, Lock The Gate, The Wilderness Society, Greenpeace, 350 and others joined the call from locals to prevent work going ahead on the infrastructure of the mine.Locations:Australia-Leard State Forest-New South Wales-OceaniaDate:28 Jan, 2014Credit:© Tom Jefferson / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5676px X 3784pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Coal-Coal mining-Day-Deforestation-Destruction-Forests (campaign title)-Forests (topography)-KWCI (GPI)-Outdoors-Trees-Whitehaven Coal LtdShoot:Clearing of the Leard State Forest in New South WalesLeard State Forest in NW New South Wales includes the most extensive and intact stands of the nationally-listed and critically endangered Box-Gum Woodland remaining on the Australian continent. The forest is home to 396 species of plants and animals and includes habitat for 34 threatened species and several endangered ecological communities. Two open-cut coal mines are already operating and have approval to expand further into Leard State Forest. A third open-cut coal mine, Maules Creek Coal Mine owned by Whitehaven Coal, is approved and expected to begin production in 2015. Together these mines will clear approximately 5000 hectares, more than half of Leard State Forest, and produce 20 million tonnes of coal that will be railed to the Port of Newcastle for export. Maules Creek is the largest coal mine currently under construction in Australia. Farmers, Traditional Owners, national and local environment groups and local residents have been blockading Whitehaven’s construction efforts.