Logging and Clearfell

Clearfelling entire hill sides back to bare dirt is VicForests’ favorite way of logging because it creates thousands of tonnes of ‘waste’ trees.

This so called waste is then sold very cheaply to local and Asian paper companies. It has to do with the economies of scale.

Before the late 60s, the best timber trees were felled singly for sawn timber (called selective logging). Now the entire landscape goes. Not only does clearfelling take out those offensive ancient forests and the animals that live there, it lets the logging companies burn any struggling plants that try to return and then plant one species of preferred tree as a woodchippers mono-crop over the top of once was diverse healthy forest. 

In effect, we pay them to cut down hundreds of year old trees, incinerate the site, and convert it all to miles and miles of woodchip tree farms. Even though conversion to plantations is illegal, they just give it another name – regeneration – oh – and usually with ‘sustainably managed’ in front of that.

It’s a bit like defining mass slaughter of civilians in a war ‘collateral damage’ (depending on who’s doing the killing).

VicForests compares apples with Jerusalem artichokes.

Friday, January 13, 2012

VicForest foresters and PR men always like to present their ‘facts’ as unquestionable science and anyone who dares question them are blasphemers.
Well – get a load of their latest ‘home brand’ fact sheet on logging. VicForests are proudly peddling this small two page glossy on their homepage and it’s a truly amazing mishmash of statistics and a skewed analysis of logging in East Gippsland.

Baillieu’s new logging party

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Baillieu seems to have handed his government over to miners and loggers to run. Its latest Timber Industry Action Plan which was released on 13th December could have been written by the logging industry at a bucks party.

What this plan does is try to squeeze every last tree from every last corner.

Baillieu and Ryan’s Payback Policy

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The largest destroyer of our endangered forest species could be made exempt from the law that protects them!

Victoria’s Baillieu led National Party government plans to rewrite the environmental Code for logging so that the DSE Secretary can flick his pen over a piece of paper to exempt logging from abiding by the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (FFGA).

This is as a direct result of our Brown Mountain Supreme Court wins (September 2010). As predicted back then, rather than honour the law, they are altering it.

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.

Gillard’s carbon trickery on logging forests

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

If you get confused by all the talk of carbon trading, prices, international negotiations and Kyoto rules, you’re not alone. But here’s an attempt to simplify a part of it. Sadly, forests are still being done over by the latest wheeling and dealing.

Late last year there was the Durban Climate Conference. Countries worked on a system to deal with land use and logging (awkwardly called Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry - LULUCF). But surprise, Australia is trying to rort it. How?

Baillieu to protect loggers above threatened species

Thursday, August 18, 2011

(Forest Flogging Guarantee Act?)

Driven by our Brown Mountain win a year ago, the Baillieu government is planning to rewrite the 23 year old environmental law that was to protect threatened species – to allow better protection of the logging industry.

The deliberate inaction and disregard of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act by the government, coupled with an assumption that no one would ever have the funds to take them to court, proved to be not enough to protect the historical over-logging operations of the hooligan industry.