It is due to be declared a national park in 2024. In the meantime, the State government has proposed to selectively log native tree species in the area.
The site is known to have significant conversation values and be a priority koala habitat. There are 53 threatened species and about 190 native plant species including and old growth trees. The area also has significant cultural values to the Kabi Kabi people and recreational / tourism values.
Understanding the importance of our forests in terms of environmental and social values is critical to consider alongside economic values. There has been support by many groups and Queensland residents to save Ferny Forest and petition are being raised to the State Government.