Old Growth

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.

East Gippsland's predicament

Monday, May 6, 2002

Using East Gippsland as an example, a reduction in sawlogs does not mean an equal reduction in woodchips - f'rinstance, while there's been a 20% drop in sawn timber (from market forces), the chip volumes have increased 100%! In Tambo forests next door, they've had a 700% increase in chips!  Next year's plans for log volumes will see 20% of logs sold for sawing and 80% for chipping. So a 43% cut on 20% won't make a huge difference. Eleven and a half  thousand hectares are still on the drawing board for obliteration.