Burning Forests for Electricity!?!

Native forests are worth more unlogged, so why are we still cutting them down?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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I spent the first four years of my life living in the middle of the forest in southeastern NSW.

Our log cabin was at the end of a dirt road, surrounded by stringybark, spotted gum and the sounds of kookaburras and lyre birds.

Illustration: John Shakespeare

Wombat holes and lichen-covered boulders dotted the hillside and the creek ran cold and clear, steeped red-brown with tea tree.

After we moved to the city, we returned most years to visit family. Every trip more and more of the surrounding bushland was cleared and replanted with radiata pine.

Native forests can help hit emissions targets – if we leave them alone

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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The debate over native forest logging has been sparked once again, partly by the government’s successful push for wood burning to be included in the revamped Renewable Energy Target.

However, the disagreement over the best way to manage Australia’s 9.4 million hectares of public native forest is thrown into sharp relief by analysis showing that ending native forest logging, and completing the the industry’s shift into plantations instead, would get Australia much of the way to its greenhouse gas emissions reductions target.

Australia's 'dirtiest' power station considers 'clean energy' biomass burning option

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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With recent changes to the renewable energy target, the burning of native forest wood waste can once again earn credits for generating clean energy, but there's dispute about whether burning native forest waste for energy is 'carbon neutral'. Background Briefing reports.

Our native forest regulations need to move with the times

Monday, July 20, 2015

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The aftermath of a regen burn at a central highlands logging coupe

The RFAs governing forestry activities have failed to protect both the industry and the environment, says Rice. Credit: ABC Environment

The rules governing our native forests, RFAs, were drawn up nearly 20 years ago. They need to be thoroughly reviewed and updated to reflect the changes in the forestry industry that have occurred in the last two decades.

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