Economics of Logging

A genuine Australian recycled paper

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Maryvale paper to be recycledThe Nippon owned pulp and paper plant at Maryvale, Australian Paper, recently announced (10th October) a new recycled paper plant to be built on their LaTrobe Valley site. However it’s been silent about getting out of native forests as a result. Production is expected to start in early 2014, so it won’t be in time save the Leadbeaters possum from VicForests’ determined onslaught.

Blasphemy from a forester

Monday, November 28, 2011

Until he returned recently to Australia, expatriate Jim Douglas had spent the last eight years as the World Bank's Forests Adviser in Washington. Writing a guest editorial in "Australian Forestry", he had this to say about Australia's forests:

Australia's forestry crisis

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dr. Judith Ajani graph

Info gathered by Dr Judith Ajani from the ANU, via ABARE and BRS data.

This one simple graph tells the story; the orange line shows the declining level of sawn timber coming from native forests – down down down it goes. At the same time the export of native forests has skyrocketed – only dropping slightly due to the slump in the overseas market. This is for a number of reasons but when you look at the blue line – plantation grown eucalypt woodchip exports, it matches up and explains what’s happening. Plantation grown woodchips are preferred for their uniformity and whiteness.

Latest logging audit spin

Sunday, August 14, 2011

How can an audit that has found environmental breaches on almost all the coupes checked possibly end up with a result of 93% compliance?
The latest audit of logging in Victoria’s forests will leave many environmentalists convinced that these Audits are totally worthless exercises that have done nothing to protect biodiversity in our forests. One of the reasons for the audit result is that around half of the things checked by the auditors are checks to make sure paperwork has been filled in correctly.

Baillieu govt rewards VicForests for bad management

Thursday, June 30, 2011

VicForests has again been given aid of almost $1.3 million to clean up degraded clearfelled public forests that should have been rehabilitated and paid for by VicForests years ago.

“What other business has made a loss every year yet is rewarded by millions of dollars of tax payers money to keep going?” asked Jill Redwood of Environment East Gippsland.