Old Growth


Monday, June 1, 2009

A hundred years ago the excuse was ignorance for destroying ancient forests. Now the only excuse is pure, cold-blooded, merciless politics, union corruption and political donations to the ALP.

New information on old trees

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Recent radiocarbon dating tests confirmed that a logged old growth tree on Brown Mountain East Gippsland was growing before Christopher Columbus sailed to America, and was young when Joan of Ark was riding around France.

The results show there is a 68% chance that the age lies between 1435 and 1490 AD.

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.