Old Growth

East Gippsland's trees - older than America's discovery

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Radiocarbon dating has confirmed that a recently logged old growth tree on Brown Mountain was growing before America was discovered.

"This is a significant find and should now see the government value and protect all our remaining ancient forests - not just as natural relics but as ancient carbon stores", said Jill Redwood from Environment East Gippsland. "These mammoth trees have taken 6-800 years to grow and store their carbon - it takes an hour to cut them down. So much for claims of sustainability."

Save Brown Mountain

Monday, December 1, 2008

The campaign video made in 2008 to bring attention to clearfell logging on Brown Mountain, East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.


Brown Mountain Videos

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Brown Mountain is one of the last significant stands of old-growth forest in Victoria. Two weeks ago the Victorian Government ordered the government owned logging company Vic Forests Inc to begin clear-felling the area. Community concern has been ignored with government spokesmen claiming there are no old trees being logged. The government is preventing public access to the logging area as it rushes to log two adjoining areas. This footage was taken secretly and shows third world standard old-growth forest logging.

Old Growth sucks - CO2

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Contrary to the longstanding view that ageing forests are carbon neutral or even pollute more than they absorb, new evidence shows that forests that reach peak maturity do not stop soaking up and storing carbon.

A team of scientists have recently searched literature and databases for forest carbon-flux estimates. In the 11/8/08 edition of Nature, their paper shows that forests that are between 15 and 800 years of age continue to capture and store carbon. In the past foresters and governments have conveniently claimed that mature forests emit as much carbon as they absorb.

BROWN MT - The fight is on!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Brown MountainThe immense trees that have sheltered and raised hundreds of generations of owls and gliding possums are now being hacked down by VicForests. The under-storey of tree ferns and waratahs, twining silkpod and musk daisy bush is being crushed into the mud by 40 tonne dozers.

Brown Mt - 20 years on

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Here’s a quick summary of the Brown Mountain saga so far:

    This controversial area of National Estate forest has been in the limelight since 1989. Small but viable stands of ancient forest remain after years of butchery.
    A 20 ha stand of old growth was clearfelled on Brown Mountain over summer 08-09. VicForests lied to the Minister’s office about the need to log it. VicForests also mockingly called the coupe “the Walk” knowing it was the mapped and planned old growth walk Steve Bracks had previously agreed to fund.

Green Carbon

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Errinundra Plateau, East Gippsland, VictoriaWild untouched forests store three times more carbon dioxide than previously estimated and three times more than plantation forests.

Old Growth Games

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

After the 2006 state election, John Thwaites and Steve Bracks promised to protect East Gippsland's old growth while not reducing what was there for loggers to cut - an impossible task.

John Thwaites put a couple of industry supporters in charge of this little job. Meanwhile, other logging lobbyists were demanding more areas of old growth be given to them, including the logging of Special Protection Zones. EEG wrote to the Minister warning them not to go near this option. We received a non-committal reply.

Victoria’s forests - world’s most carbon rich.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The rich, wet undisturbed forests of Victoria hold over 2,000 tonnes of carbon per hectare in the above-ground biomass.These are astronomical numbers that are far larger than the 90 tonnes the International Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) was using as the default value. The forests of SE Australia, Tasmania and Queensland have an extremely important carbon offset role in a country like Australia, which is one of the biggest coal and iron ore exporters anywhere on the planet.