Rockingham local Callum Davidson is calling on fellow residents to rally for a national ban on native forest logging. Mr Davidson last week met Brand MHR Madeleine King’s staff ahead of the nationwide Rally for Native Forests and wants other locals to do the same. He said he asked what the Federal Resources Minister was doing to ensure the resources sector maintained biodiversity across the country. “It was great that WA was the first State to stop native forest logging but it needs to happen nationwide now, otherwise our flora and fauna will remain vulnerable,” Mr Davidson said. “It cannot stop there; trees are our most effective carbon sequesters, so we need to protect forests such as the Northern Jarrah Forest from being continually cleared for mine sites.” Rallies calling for an end end logging in native forests will be held across Australia on August 10, 11 and 12. Organiser Paddy Cullen, from the Bob Brown Foundation, said 300 Labor Party branches had voted in favour of the ban, which they hoped would pass at the national ALP conference this month. “Over 500,000 hectares of native woodlands and forests are cleared in Australia each year and scientists say this ban on logging could contribute 43 per cent to our global emissions target and help to stave off climate change,” he said. “It would also help save many endangered species, including the koala, which has just been put on the endangered list.” Native forest logging will be banned in WA and Victoria from next year. The Rally for Native Forests will be held at WA’s Parliament House from 11am on August 12.