Old Growth

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.

The Great Carbon Trading Swindle

Friday, February 8, 2008

“Is carbon trading a shallow exercise in carbon-shifting and guilt abatement?”

Forests - a major player in climate calming.

Protecting forests and reforestation could account for 31% of government greenhouse targets set for 2020 according to a report from global heavyweight business consultants McKinsey and Company.

BROWN MOUNTAIN - a short history

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Brown Mountain was assessed and listed as an old growth National Estate area by the Commonwealth Heritage Commission in the 1980s.

That means it has the same values as a National Park. The management of these areas were handed to the state government which promptly set about clearfelling them in 1989.

Flawed maps and broken promises

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

In 2006, the then premier, Steve Bracks, made a promise to protect all significant stands of old growth currently available for logging. This, with several other areas called icon forests amounted to about 41,000 ha. However, he also promised there would be no impact on the logging industry - an impossible undertaking.

CO2 soaks and storage machines

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The natural diversity of unlogged forests makes them very robust. This healthy resilience is extremely valuable at a time when climate disturbance is impacting more harshly on disturbed environments. But besides being sturdy arks and biological refuges, forests are one of the worlds best carbon capture vessels.

While the world authorities try to work out a method for dealing with forest loss in developing countries, we in the developed countries like Australia, the US and Canada should be urgently setting up a scheme to protect the green carbon in natural forests.

Tree-tourism keeps sky-rocketing

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Backpackers and tourists seeking a nature-experience have increased by 55% in Gippsland since 2005/2006.

Visitors primarily come from Western Europe and the UK to see what they don't have over there-wild spaces, unmanicured forests, and big, old trees. For some reason, the government have been historically reluctant to promote the green hinterland of Gippsland. Beaches are okay, but the rest seems to be the exclusive territory of the logging and woodchipping barons.

"Significant" old growth - significant wins and losses

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

When Labor announced it would protect all "significant stands" of old growth as part of their 2006 election promises, they must have been using their special parliamentary dictionary. In Eastern Victoria, Mr Bracks protected only 5% of areas identified as critical to extinction-proof native species and protect domestic water catchments. The Forest Alliance had carefully mapped and scientifically validated these areas.