30 results for tag: Old Growth Logging


Sending Leadbeater’s Possum down the road to extinction

14 December 2012, 2.28pm AEST Author David Lindenmayer Professor, The Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National Universityhttp://theconversation.edu.au/sending-leadbeaters-possum-down-the-road-to-extinction-11249We have studied the effects of current widespread clear-felling in Victoria’s Mountain ash forests for almost three decades. Clear-felling now loses large amounts of money for the state of Victoria, degrades the forest, erodes water catchment yields, increases fire risks, and is driving Leadbeater’s Possum – the state’s faunal emblem – to extinction. An alternative pathway is to reform (and significantly ...

VicForests posts loss after ‘challenging year

Leslie White |  September 13, 2012 http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2012/09/13/538471_latest-news.html TAXPAYER-OWNED native forest logging company VicForests has recorded another financial loss. Environment groups and Greens have said it is "staggering that VicForests gets free land and trees to cut down but still manages to make a loss" and it would be cheaper to send its employees "to Bali to retire" than to keep the entity alive. But VicForests says it is looking to the "future after a challenging year" and blamed the high Aussie dollar, global economic conditions and legal expenses for the loss. The 2011-12 financial year is set ...

Ecologist resigns in anger at lack of action on rare possum

By Bel Tromp/Margot Foster  Monday, 17 September  2012 http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/content/2012/s3591584.htm The Leadbeater's possum is a tiny tree-dwelling creature that some say is destined for extinction, despite being closely monitored by scientists for decades. It lives in a small patch of Mountain Ash forest outside Melbourne, which has been logged for much of the last century. David Lindenmayer is leading the push to save the possum from extinction. Once an idealistic and hopeful young ecologist, David Lindenmayer - now Professor Lindenmayer - is so disillusioned about lack of government support that he's resigned in disgust ...

A loss now and for eternity

The Age, November 4th 2011 IT IS with much sadness, and not a little anger, that I read of Ted Baillieu's proposal to sacrifice our endangered wildlife and magnificent old-growth forest for some woodchips that we can produce in plantations (''New law in pipeline to aid loggers'', The Age, 3/11). Does Mr Baillieu not care about his grandchildren? None of us will ever see a Tassie tiger again but the long-footed potoroo and other threatened species are still hanging on, just, for future generations to view in the wild and not stuffed in some glass display case, which is where the Premier is proposing to drive them. We need to give these endangered ...

VicForests posts loss after ‘challenging year’

Leslie White  Weekly Times, September 13, 2012 TAXPAYER-OWNED native forest logging company VicForests has recorded another financial loss. Environment groups and Greens have said it is "staggering that VicForests gets free land and trees to cut down but still manages to make a loss" and it would be cheaper to send its employees "to Bali to retire" than to keep the entity alive. But VicForests says it is looking to the "future after a challenging year" and blamed the high Aussie dollar, global economic conditions and legal expenses for the loss. The 2011-12 financial year is set to be the fifth running VicForests has failed to return ...

Like a voice in the wilderness

ROSSLYN BEEBY 17 Sep, 2011 12:00 AM http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/like-a-voice-in-the-wilderness/2295146.aspx?storypage=0# 'Life on earth is inconceivable without trees,'' the great Russian playwright Anton Chekov wrote in a letter to a friend in the late 1880s. ''Forests create climate, climate influences peoples' character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilisation nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe.'' And in the first act of Uncle Vanya, there's an environmental monologue, in which the country doctor Mikhail Astrov passionately rails against the destruction of Russia's forests ...

Is your Office Paper destroying our forests?

by Treehuggers 06/06/2011 http://www.streetcorner.com.au/news/showPost.cfm?bid=21438&mycomm=WC The Problem Producing Reflex Paper from native forest wood impacts our climate, water and wildlife. Australian Paper, makers of Reflex, is the largest domestic purchaser of pulplogs from Victoria's native forests. These native forests are the most carbon dense known to science on Earth. Logging and post-logging burning releases enormous amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Protecting Victoria's forests - both existing old growth forests and allowing previously degraded forests to restore their lost carbon - is crucial to tackling ...

Sylvia Creek forest blockade marks five weeks

Saturday, August 20, 2011 By Ben Courtice http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48573 About 100 supporters rallied in persistent rain at Sylvia Creek, in the Toolangi State Forest north-east of Melbourne, to protest logging operations by Vic Forests. The supporters joined locals and forest campaigners who have been blockading the 19-hectare “Gunbarrel” coupe for five weeks. Vic Forests are clear-felling the Gunbarrel coupe, which is one of the few areas that was not burned in 2009’s catastrophic Black Saturday fire. Areas completely surrounding Sylvia Creek were burned, turning this zone into a “biodiversity refuge” as local campaigner ...

Court bid to halt logging at Sylvia Creek

Posted August 24, 2011 12:20:41 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-24/court-bid-to-halt-logging-at-sylvia-creek/2853700 Environment groups are seeking a Supreme Court injunction against the logging of bushland near Sylvia Creek, near Toolangi. The State Government-owned timber company, VicForests, has begun logging parts of the forest. Opponents claim the area is home to the endangered Leadbeater's possum and must be protected. VicForests disputes this. Conservation lawyer Vanessa Blyer says her client's case is clear. "The writ alleges that Leadbeaters possum habitat is being logged right now," she said. "As a result, the logging ...

Forest protesters reject survey blow

BY NATALIE KOTSIOS 23 Aug, 2011 04:00 AM http://www.maroondahweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/forest-protesters-reject-survey-blow/2266228.aspx PROTESTERS have vowed to continue the fight against logging at Sylvia Creek, despite a new survey finding no grounds for a contentious coupe to be classified as a Leadbeater's possum habitat. Protests at the Gun Barrel coupe have continued for the past month, leading to 10 arrests of conservationists and local activists. Among them is Steve Meacher, chairman of Healesville Environmental Watch, who last week said he received verbal confirmation that active possum nests were found ...