Logging and Clearfell

South Coast residents concerned about bushfire risk from logging slash

Monday, December 21, 2015

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Logging slash in the Boyne State Forest

Logging slash in the Boyne State Forest, on the western side of the Princes Highway. Photo: John Perkins

Residents on the NSW south coast have expressed alarm at "metres high" piles of logs, leaves and branches left on forest floors after logging, as the bushfire season approaches.

Stopping the Chopping: forest defence in Victoria

Sunday, December 20, 2015

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The forests of East Gippsland, Victoria, continue to fall victim to an over-subsidised and under-regulated forestry industry. While some threatened species of flora and fauna should enjoy legal protection, the regulations are too-often ignored in the quest to make a dollar out of an unsustainable plunder. Thankfully, there are people on the ground to defend the forest and get in the way of the machines if need be. A powerful combination of legal action and direct protest have catalysed a recent win for the forests on the St Patrick's River, East Gippsland.

Guests:

Jill Redwood - Environment East Gippsland

Ed Hill - Goongerah Environment Centre

Image: logging halted on Tuesday 15th December, 2015. The machines were soon withdrawn from the area.

- See more at: http://www.3cr.org.au/earthmatters/episode-201512201100/stopping-choppin...

The forests of East Gippsland, Victoria, continue to fall victim to an over-subsidised and under-regulated forestry industry. While some threatened species of flora and fauna should enjoy legal protection, the regulations are too-often ignored in the quest to make a dollar out of an unsustainable plunder. Thankfully, there are people on the ground to defend the forest and get in the way of the machines if need be. A powerful combination of legal action and direct protest have catalysed a recent win for the forests on the St Patrick's River, East Gippsland.

Guests:

Jill Redwood - Environment East Gippsland

Ed Hill - Goongerah Environment Centre

Image: logging halted on Tuesday 15th December, 2015. The machines were soon withdrawn from the area.

- See more at: http://www.3cr.org.au/earthmatters/episode-201512201100/stopping-choppin...

The forests of East Gippsland, Victoria, continue to fall victim to an over-subsidised and under-regulated forestry industry. While some threatened species of flora and fauna should enjoy legal protection, the regulations are too-often ignored in the quest to make a dollar out of an unsustainable plunder. Thankfully, there are people on the ground to defend the forest and get in the way of the machines if need be. A powerful combination of legal action and direct protest have catalysed a recent win for the forests on the St Patrick's River, East Gippsland.

Guests:

Jill Redwood - Environment East Gippsland

Ed Hill - Goongerah Environment Centre

Image: logging halted on Tuesday 15th December, 2015. The machines were soon withdrawn from the area.

- See more at: http://www.3cr.org.au/earthmatters/episode-201512201100/stopping-choppin...

East Gippsland Logging halted on Tuesday 15th December, 2015

Logging halted on Tuesday 15th December, 2015. The machines were soon withdrawn from the area.

The forests of East Gippsland, Victoria, continue to fall victim to an over-subsidised and under-regulated forestry industry. While some threatened species of flora and fauna should enjoy legal protection, the regulations are too-often ignored in the quest to make a dollar out of an unsustainable plunder. Thankfully, there are people on the ground to defend the forest and get in the way of the machines if need be. A powerful combination of legal action and direct protest have catalysed a recent win for the forests on the St Patrick's River, East Gippsland.

Ashes to ashes: logging and fires have left Victoria’s magnificent forests in tatters

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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In February 2009 the Black Saturday bushfires swept through the Mountain Ash forests of Victoria, burning 72,000 hectares.

These forests are home to the tallest flowering plants on the planet, and iconic species such as the Leadbeater’s Possum, Victoria’s animal emblem. In the six years since the fires, we and other scientists have been investigating how the forests have recovered, summarised in our new book. This research was in turn built on 25 years of research before the fires.

There’s some good news and some bad. The forests and their inhabitants have a remarkable capacity for recovery from natural disturbances like fire. However, the forest ecosystem is in a precarious state, largely due to the continuation of Victoria’s logging industry.

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