Forest Issues

So where's the Yalmy report Minister?

Thursday, January 1, 2004

After the illegal logging of the Snowy National Park last summer, the public was promised a full investigation and outcome. But the joke now goes:

How many DSE officers does it take to do an investigation? Five. One to notice logs were stolen from 300 ha of National park, one to go "damn, we shouldn't have employed a logging mill boss to do a backburn line", one to repeat into the telephone "we'll be finished soon", one to refuse the FoI and one to rock back in their chair singing "I'm a little teapot".


Our water our future

Thursday, January 1, 2004

In a process to tackle the impending water crisis and secure Victoria's water for the future, the Bracks Government has adopted every suggestion from their own experts except one - that logging be phased out of water catchments!

A discussion paper was released for public comment. It was based on another document called the Water Resource Strategy, which said we should get logging out of our drinking water supplies.

Herald Sun deploys WMD

Thursday, January 1, 2004

An investigation by the Potoroo Review has found Melbourne's Herald Sun deploying WMD (Wanton Media Deceptions). This time their WMDs were discovered to be a couple of grubby little articles that tried to link a number of unrelated crimes to forest campaigners in the Central Highlands. It's just another example of logging industry inspired propaganda of the sort that's likely to become more frequent in the lead up to the next Federal election.

'Green guerrillas'

Quolls need friends

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Do you want to help save the Quoll?

Then read on.

After years of being officially threatened while being un-officially flattened, Spot-tailed Quolls now get a new altered but still inadequate protection plan under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.

Morons with matches

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Once again summer has arrived, and once again assorted gurus pop out of the...errr... woodwork to warn us about the danger of bushfires, and all the things we can do to protect ourselves and reduce fire hazards: make sure the pump works, clean out the gutters, shift the firewood off the front porch, give the kids a short haircut, and so on.

GOOLENGOOK moving the spotlight

Thursday, January 1, 2004

You'd think every aspect of the Goolengook tale had been thoroughly chewed over. The plants, the animals, the protests, the riot, the legal wrangling, the national park proposal. But there's one glaring question left hanging: Why did they log it? New information shows it wasn't logs, it wasn't jobs. Goolengook was a decoy.

Potted History

Burning OUR past

Monday, October 27, 2003

For each gallon of fossil fuel we burn in cars and other motors, 98 tons of prehistoric, buried plant material is required. The study conducted at the University of Utah by Ecologist Jeff Dukes, also calculated that the amount of fossil fuel burned in the year of 1997 (the year used in the study) totaled 97 million billion pounds of carbon, which is equivalent to more than 400 times all the plant matter that grows in the world in a year, including vast amounts of microscopic plant life in the oceans.

Public pays for propaganda research

Tuesday, October 7, 2003

A new study will give a special insight into how people react emotionally to forestry. That is - clearfelling native forests (we would have thought this was already obvious).

A joint project between Forestry Tasmania, Melbourne University and the Bureau of Rural Sciences will identify what the community thinks are acceptable ways to log native forests.

Visitors want to see forests - not log trucks - Newspoll survey

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

A Newspoll survey has shown that forest logging is not only turning tourists away but destroying the very thing most people holidaying in East Gippsland would want to experience - old growth forests and rainforests.

Results from a Newspoll survey in late August show that the forests of East Gippsland are potentially as important in attracting visitors to this region as its coast. Of Victorian's polled, 86% said that East Gippsland's old growth and rainforests would be appealing to visit.