Dear Premier Keneally,

I read today with much concern that some 18,000 hectares of river red gum trees will be logged, despite your government's claim that they will be protected through national parks. This amount represents a large, significant proportion of these old growth trees.

Your policy is entirely unwarranted given the environmental problems faced by the people of the world and the important role the trees play in the local ecosystem. You may be preserving a small number of jobs for five years, but what of them once all the trees have been logged? If the industry were forced to move those jobs to alternative roles such as plantation forest work now, then the industry can survive well into the future, as well as our state's fauna and flora.

Sincerely, Michael Gratton. Newtown, NSW.