Economics of Logging

Logging roads funded under environment budget!

Saturday, July 2, 2005

Did a page get mixed up in the 2005 Victorian Budget papers? Under the ‘environmental initiatives’, we see a page titled "Roads in State Forests". This looked good – will they be sealing these roads to prevent 40 tonnes of silt washing off every kilometer of road into our streams each year? Now that WOULD be an environmental plus. No - it’s to make these roads safer and allow better access for the ‘many users’ we are told. So why is it under ‘environment’ and not ‘transport’?

Double standard on 'waste' wood

Saturday, July 2, 2005

Less than one week after the government says it can’t and won’t prosecute anyone over the Yalmy looting, a DSE media release came out saying they will get tough with firewood getters who don't pay their $7 permit (royalty per tonne). The maximum penalty is one year in jail or $5,000 fine with equipment seized (like chainsaws, trailers etc). This is fair enough - except for the double standard.

To get away with taking wood - do it by the hundreds of tonnes

Friday, June 10, 2005

Less than one week after the government says it can't and won't prosecute anyone over the Yalmy looting, a DSE media release came out saying they will get tough with firewood getters who don't pay their $7 permit (royalty per tonne). The maximum penalty is one year in jail or $5,000 fine with equipment seized (like chainsaws, trailers etc). This is fair enough - except for the double standard.

Fair pricing hits the logging industry

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Fair prices? That's not fair!When the new VicForests office took over the native forest logging 'shop', they came in with a nice new broom. Mill owners will have to compete for logs by bidding for them when their license runs out over the next few years. Meanwhile their current license for logs has had a 17-25% price increase. This has come as a real shock to some mills and we're hearing very loud squeals of protest.

Gunns pulpmill fast-tracked

Friday, April 1, 2005

The Tasmanian Government will declare Gunn's planned $1.2 billion pulpmill (one step along the production line from woodchips) as a Project of State Significance. This will allow it to be fast tracked and bypass many environmental and other planning regulations.

Tasmania needs help

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Whistle blower exposes corruption in Tasmania

A greying Tasmanian forester of 32 years experience has spilt the beans on broad-scale illegal destruction of the state's public forests. He claims corruption and collusion by and between the logging industry and Tasmanian Government has been rampant since the signing of the RFA five years ago. Bill Manning was giving evidence to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs Committee in October. He gave evidence under subpoena.

Fire fallout

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Industry demands public money to salvage logs.

Another logic-lacking media release put out by the logging industry in July called for more and faster access to log all the burnt forest. They claimed they needed government assistance to cart the logs long distances to their mills and maybe even money to help with storage (they have to keep them damp to prevent cracking) until they had orders to sell the logs.

In the next sentence they said that for each day they weren't cutting forests they were losing half a million dollars.

The woodchip gang of four

Monday, September 2, 2002

Banks help destroy old growth

In another first for corporate Australia, The Wilderness Society along with over 500 shareholders in four big banks (ANZ, Westpac, CBA and National Australia Bank) have called for a halt to all investment in old growth logging. This is the first time that all four banks have been formally requested to discuss their part in forest destruction.

As a result, banks will have to send a copy of the resolution to approximately 2.5 million shareholders raising the issue of environmental responsibility.

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