Old Growth

Chipmill still runs on old trees

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

A December 2005 truck-check vigil at the Eden woodchip mill showed that over 2/3rds of logs that entered the Nippon woodchip mill at Eden were large, meaning they are from mature and old growth forests.

Of the 158 trucks that arrived between 4am and 7pm on just one day, 75% came from the south (the direction of East Gippsland). Many of the old trees were split in the coupe so no one could then argue they would have made a sawlog. The chipmill boasts it no longer has trunk splitters on site - but it seems the splitters are all out in the logging coupes now.

British MP bats for trees

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Conservative British MP Norman Baker, has sent a message to the Bracks Government, hand delivering 2000 postcards from forest supporters. The postcards call on the Premier to stop logging in Victoria's old growth forests. Mr Baker, the Liberal Democrats environment spokesman, visited Australia in late February to tour Tasmania and Victorian forests. His previous anti-logging campaigns include a motion in the British Parliament in 2004 calling for the protection of Tasmania's world-class forests.

Victorian forest alliance formed

Saturday, December 11, 2004

A new state group has been formed consisting of 12 regional, state and national groups who are all working to protect Victoria's forests. Environment East Gippsland is participating in meetings and will be helping with the campaign directions. A similar alliance was formed in WA which had a stronger influence on their government. This prevents the government's pet tactic of divide and conquer.

This alliance's mission is to Protect old growth, water catchments , threatened species habitat and biodiversity across Victoria's native forests.

All groups agree to work to:

DSE logging plans still in disarray

Saturday, May 1, 2004

Despite last year's 43% cutbacks, there was still a serious overcutting by the industry - with the full approval of DSE foresters. This year is supposed to see a reduction to make up for it. However, this year's draft logging plan (called Wood Utilisation Plans or WUPs) has shown again how slap dash the whole planning system is.

Still overcutting

Giant tree found in planned clearfell area

Friday, April 9, 2004

A recently discovered shining gum in the Result Creek catchment on the Errinundra Plateau could be East Gippsland's biggest tree. This single tree will now receive protection, but dozens more that don't make the news, won't.

They were out looking for threatened species but they found a giant tree instead. Rena, Joe and Dave a group of local GECO volunteers, measured its circumference at 16.9 metres (taken one metre above the mid line between high and low point at ground level). It's only 61 metres high so it's big rather than tall.

Visitors want to see forests - not log trucks - Newspoll survey

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

A Newspoll survey has shown that forest logging is not only turning tourists away but destroying the very thing most people holidaying in East Gippsland would want to experience - old growth forests and rainforests.

Results from a Newspoll survey in late August show that the forests of East Gippsland are potentially as important in attracting visitors to this region as its coast. Of Victorian's polled, 86% said that East Gippsland's old growth and rainforests would be appealing to visit.