Fires and Burning

Shameless Salvage Bandits

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Many astute observers are starting to question the fires that have enveloped Victoria's east since 2003. This may sound like a conspiracy theory but the evidence seems to be mounting. Many of these areas were deliberately left to burn for a day or two before fire-fighters were sent to attack them or that the back burns were deliberately positioned to include large tracts of the most sought after forests. The ash forests in particular have been heavily targeted by unchecked salvage logging operations after large areas were either lightly or heavily burnt.

Logging still on welfare

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Victorian Government classifies logging the bejeezuz out of killed or semi-scorched ash forests recovering from fire as 'bushfire recovery'. As part of its 'Bushfire Recovery Package', it has handed over $34 million of our taxes to help the logging and woodchipping industries fast track so-called 'salvage' logging of ash at ten times sustainable rates.

Fires will get them if we don't

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Let's clear the smoke on the claim that fire is as damaging as logging.

Carbon is stored both above and below ground. Forest parts above ground lose roughly 800 tonnes per ha when logged and burnt. Using figures both Federal and State governments have been quoting in parliament, the recent fires sent less than 40 tonne/ha into the sky.

State of the Environment report - on burning

Thursday, June 7, 2007

These comments from the State of the Environment (SoE) report 2008 -

Inappropriate fire regimes (too much or too little fire) threaten the persistence and condition of some species and ecosystems.

Uncertainty exists over optimal levels of planned burning in Victoria for ecological benefits and protection from wildfire.

Human sources of ignition account for at least 70% of fires on public land in Victoria.

The following states pretty clearly that the fire managers still have little clue as to the ecological impacts of their burning plans.

Jobs for the boys

Thursday, June 7, 2007

There were 233 bulldozers out there pushing our forests, streams and mountainsides around during the peak of last summer's fires.

The bulk of these massive clearing operations did naught to slow or stop the drought-fuelled fires, but it did give the impression that something important was being done by lots of blokes on big machines.

Govt loots public forests as fire control

Saturday, March 24, 2007

At the time of going to print, there are FIVE CREWS working on a GOVT SANCTIONED 70 mts x 256 kms CLEARING that cuts across the Thomson catchment.

The DSE claimed it learnt from the squandering of the Yalmy Road and the Snowy National Park in the 2003 fires. Now we understand how! The Minister has approved an even longer broad and lifeless band of dirt to encircle the entire Melbourne water catchment! And hey - just look at those logs coming out of the Yarra Ranges National Park!

That backburning desire!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Of the million-plus hectares of forest that burnt in last summer's fires, DSE's Chief Fire Officer, Ewan Waller, admitted they lit up 100,000 ha of that area in back burns. Many of which got away and threatened the towns of Bruthen, Tambo Crossing and Swifts Creek.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A recent scientific survey of the impact of the 2003 fire in the upper Snowy River on Tiger Quolls calculates a reduction in the quoll population of between 67.5-90%. The impact of this loss on the state population (without taking into account the impact of the 2003 fires from the north-east through the Alps and Gippsland) would be between 33-45% reduction.

Given the ongoing decline in range and abundance of quolls in Victoria a sudden decline of this magnitude should be sounding the sirens.