Forest Issues

100% partly or fully rehabilitated

Monday, July 2, 2001

For several years, NRE has been making available to the public a summary of its audit of the Code of Forest Practices (environmental guidelines to adhere to while ripping down ancient forests). NRE must hope that people will be left with the feeling that our forests are in the best possible hands - and that no one would bother to analyse their data. Ha!

Lawyers For Forests

Monday, July 2, 2001

Over 100 lawyers have joined a new group that aims to end woodchipping and the logging of old-growth forests in Victoria, and overhaul the entire management of the state's forests. The group was launched by the Federal Court's Justice Murray Wilcox in Melbourne in mid-May.

The Lawyers For Forests group joins the Doctors, Liberals and Vets as professional groups opposed to government destruction of forests. President of the group, Lucy Turner, said the emergence of the group shows the strength of mainstream public feeling about this issue.

Dingo Creek rainforest

Monday, July 2, 2001

An inquiry is slowly cranking up into how many trees really are out there, compared to how many the government have promised. Meanwhile, important areas of acknowledged conservation value are being clearfelled to meet the demands of the logging industry.

Nationally significant.

Dingo Creek could become the next icon area to fight for. NRE knows it and wants to destroy it quickly.


Good News KLEENEX pulls out of native forest

Sunday, July 1, 2001

Kimberly-Clark (50% owned by Amcor) have stated that they have ceased using native forest woodchips from Victoria's Central Highlands in their tissues and toilet paper. This was after a three year consumer campaign by Environment Victoria.

Native forest woodchips will be substituted with plantation eucalypts from the Strzelecki Ranges and from South Australia.

Native forest fibre for Kimberly-Clark's brands Kleenex and Wondersoft was also sourced from the Otways Ranges, until a short sharp campaign by Otways Ranges Environment Network.


Logging subsidies shown to be illegal

Friday, June 22, 2001

The Federal Productivity Commission recently condemned the subsidised underpricing of logs by governments as illegal and called for a complete overhaul of the system nationally. A 61 page statement from the Competition Complaints Office, entitled Competitive Neutrality in Forestry, finds that none of the country's state forest managers operate a commercial rate of return on public forests.

One logger = 500 doles

Leviathans of the land Old growth forests

Monday, November 20, 1995

Imagine a massive tree, its huge buttressed trunk so enormous it would equal the weight of a blue whale, the base would fill the floor space of the average lounge room. Imagine this tree's smooth grey-blue trunk towering up though a dense understorey of tree-ferns and blanket leaf, through a middle canopy of sweet-scented sassafras and mountain plum pines - the remnants of ancient forests which grew here before humans had fully evolved. Finally its upper-most branches disappear into the mist.