Old Growth

Tree tourism on the rise

Saturday, September 1, 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.

Strzeleckis still on the woodchippers' map

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Before the election the Bracks government made a quiet little offering to get rid of the niggling pressure they were under regarding their long time promise to protect the Gippsland Strzelecki forests. Their offer was a compromise to protect the important central sites and its connecting links (called 'cores and links') but if you read the fine print, you'll see that it allows for some links to be logged, and other areas of native forest to be logged in exchange for this protection!

Insignificant wins for East Gippsland

Thursday, December 28, 2006

When Labor announced it would protect all 'significant stands' of old growth, 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.

Wins -

Old Growth does soak up carbon

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Old growth forests store massive amounts of carbon but have been accused of just 'stagnating' and not actively absorbing any. Quite the opposite is true.

Old-growth forests continue to remove far more carbon than previously thought, making their protection a high priority in tackling global warming.

Loggers for forests

Monday, October 16, 2006

In October last year, a group of timber workers started a lobby group called Loggers for Forests. The group wants to stop woodchipping in old growth forests and to use trees taken from forests more efficiently.

Mick Harris is a timber contractor from Fernbank in East Gippsland and he says most loggers think woodchipping is wrong.

Darejo tree

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Darejo tree

Discovered in 2003 in an area planned for logging, the Darejo tree has now had its immediate area protected from logging, but its giant Shining Gum relatives were not so lucky - they didn't meet the 12.5 girth minimum that gains them protection.

Latest EG industry plan won't work Bracks

Monday, March 6, 2006

First we had the Bracks government, via the DSE/VicForests, doing a trial to see if they can log old growth more slowly (the Old Growth Project), then in late February, the Minister for forests, John Thwaites, announced a new six month consultation process with the logging industry in East Gippsland to work out how many logs are still out there for them and what they want.

There are six licensees left in EG, three or four are about to go bust. How long does it take to consult with them about going into liquidation?