87 results for tag: Victorian Wildlife


Minister challenges logging advice

Adam Morton January 24, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/minister-challenges-logging-advice-20110123-1a17y.html VICTORIA'S new forestry minister has challenged scientific warnings that the timber industry is putting endangered species at risk of extinction, arguing that only a fraction of the state's forest habitat is logged. Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh, whose portfolio includes responsibility for state forests, denied claims the forest industry was in crisis, but said it was ailing, after years of gradual cuts to timber allocation from state forests stymied investment. The Coalition has promised to restore industry ...

State-owned VicForests logging firm ‘non-viable’

Ben Butler - January 3, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/business/stateowned-vicforests-logging-firm-nonviable-20110102-19d0k.html TAXPAYERS have been forced to fund a multimillion-dollar bailout of VicForests, with severe financial pressure putting the future of the government-owned company that logs state forests under a cloud. VicForests' operations are now being reviewed by the new Liberal-National coalition government, which says it will explore ''all management options'' for the Victorian native timber industry. Set up by the former Labor government six years ago, VicForests bled out more than $16 million in cash over the the 2009-10 financial ...

VicForests cleared on claims

December 8, 2010 - BY ADAM MORTON  http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/vicforests-cleared-on-claims-20101207-18odq.html THE Victorian government's timber arm, VicForests, has been cleared of allegations it illegally logged old-growth forest and increased risk to a threatened species in the central highlands. Green group My Environment accused VicForests of felling pre-1900 ash eucalypts and failing to protect habitats vital for the survival of Leadbeater's possum, the Victorian faunal emblem. An Australian National University scientist commissioned by the Department of Sustainability and Environment assessed one stump considered representative of ...

Chipping away

Royce Millar and Adam Morton - November 22, 2010 http://www.theage.com.au/national/chipping-away-20101121-182ku.html BOB Brown could have scripted John Brumby's passionate address to an adoring anti-logging rally in Treasury Gardens in 1995. ''An end to native forest woodchips, the protection of our high-conservation value forest areas and an industry which is based in the future on plantations. That's what we want.'' Standing on stage with a head-banded hippie, Brumby, then Victoria's opposition leader, slammed the ''bizarre'' policy that allowed state-owned native trees to be sold for peanuts, chipped, shipped to Japan and sent back as expensive ...

VicForests faces the axe

Leslie White |  November 17, 2010 http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2010/11/17/261211_politics-news.html A RE-ELECTED Labor Government in Victoria would scrap government native forest logging agency VicForests. A new agency which would consider "water, carbon and other forest values" and logging issues would be created instead. Premier John Brumby also pledged $1 million for Tasmanian-style round-table discussions on the future of the industry, however government would not participate despite being responsible for almost all native forest logging in Victoria. Victorian Association of Forest Industries chief executive Philip Dalidakis ...

Coalition’s forest vow slammed

Adam Morton - November 3, 2010 http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/state-election-2010/coalitions-forest-vow-slammed-20101102-17ceg.html ENVIRONMENT groups have attacked the opposition's forestry policy, accusing it of planning to intensify logging to a rate that could turn Central Highlands native forests into plantations. The Coalition says it will guarantee the forestry industry's long-term future by promising current levels of native forest logging could continue. It would also review the frequency at which forests of fast-growing native species are logged. The Wilderness Society and Australian Conservation Foundation said the Coalition's policy ...

Industrial logging linked to frequency and severity of fire

5 March 2010 - Reporter: Gregg Borschmann http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2010/2837143.htm One year on from the Black Saturday fires in Victoria, many Australians, and the Bushfires Royal Commission, are still trying to explain the ferocity of the blaze that claimed 173 lives and burned more than 450,000 hectares. The idea that the Australian bush burns the way it always has is being challenged by David Lindemayer, a professor of forest and wildlife management at the Australian National University. Lindenmayer has been working in the Victorian forests for almost 30 years, and he says the latest research indicates that logging a forest ...

Forest logging creates fire traps: academic

4/03/2010   http://www.industrysearch.com.au/Features/Forest-logging-creates-fire-traps-academic-4857     Decades of industrial logging in Australia's wet forests have made them more fire prone, raising urgent fire management issues, according to an ANU academic. - Martyn Pearce, ANU Media Professor David Lindenmayer of the Fenner School of Environment and Society challenges current fire protection practices in the March issue of Australasian Science magazine. "Much discussion focuses on how to best protect human lives and built assets," Professor Lindenmayer writes. "But management also needs to counter the effects of past forestry ...

Case logs off

By Kath Gannaway - 24th August 2010 02:00:29 AM http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/mail/mountain-views/256/story/93523.html CHARGES filed in the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court in June claiming VicForests illegally logged a forest area in Toolangi have been dropped. While VicForests last week labelled the case lodged by the Fauna and Flora Research Collective as a publicity stunt, Vanessa Bleyer, the lawyer for FFRC and other environment groups involved, says they are just changing tack. The matter, which Ms Bleyer had described in July as a ‘landmark legal case’, was set down for a preliminary hearing on 12 August, but charges were withdrawn before ...

Bushfire response team to assess habitat damage

By Elizabeth Byrne - Posted Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:25pm AEST http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/22/3019023.htm?section=justin A group of ecology experts has assembled in Canberra to form a national response team that will assess damage immediately after a major bushfire. The interstate team will make rapid judgements about the extent of environmental damage after major fires like those in Victoria and Canberra, and offer timely advice to government authorities about remediation. The team includes experts in soil, forestry, wildlife and geographical systems. Dr Margaret Kitchin formed the group after working with a United States team in the ...