Old Growth

Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Forests are major components of the global carbon cycle, providing substantial feedback to atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations1. Our ability to understand and predict changes in the forest carbon cycle—particularly net primary productivity and carbon storage—increasingly relies on models that represent biological processes across several scales of biological organization, from tree leaves to forest stands2, 3.

The ecological roles of logs in Australian forests

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ground logs are incredibly important in a forests’ ecosystem. They add to the complex habitat for flora and fauna. They are used for nesting and shelter, are fantastic places for invertebrates and therefore feeding stations for reptiles and ground birds, are cosy hibernation hide-outs, are used as above ground ‘highways’ across thick understorey, provide moss havens, fungi haunts and sites for plant germination to mention a few of the many roles of logs.

Toolangi forests – the green hole in the black donut

Thursday, February 2, 2012

You’da thunk VicForests might have learnt something from the Brown Mountain case. Nup. It’s in court again, this time with another group. Environment group, MyEnvironment, is suing them to stop them logging a stand of known Leadbeaters Possum habitat at Sylvia Creek. The Sylvia Creek case will be heard on Feb 6 at Melbourne’s Supreme Court.

Government recycles announcements and logged forest

Friday, October 1, 2010

For at least the third time, the Government today announced the new additions to the reserve system in East Gippsland. The ALP’s 2006 election promise was to protect ‘the last significant stands of old growth planned for logging’.

But environment groups say that most of what has been protected was either in existing protection zones, had already been logged or was degraded forest unwanted for logs or woodchips anyway.

Brown Mountain - final court orders

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Environment East Gippsland has welcomed the final orders in the Brown Mountain landmark trial handed down in the Supreme Court on the 14th September.

“VicForests must pay 90% of our costs, as well as all their own costs, for this very long and expensive trial.

"DSE will need to undertake a series of surveys for two species of frogs and the spot tailed quoll in the coupes, there must be a review of protection areas for Sooty and Powerful owls and special conservation zones must be created for two species of gliders and the potoroo.