Old Growth

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.

WA's forest "win" was a con-job

Sunday, September 2, 2001

he February WA election saw Labor promise to end 99% of old growth logging immediately and phase out export woodchipping by 2003. However, their commitment to the logging companies to supply huge volumes of logs until the end of 2003 has seen an increase in destruction of other important forests to account for protected old growth. These important conservation areas are being converted mostly to woodchips (90%).

To make up the shortfall in quota from old growth, logging of Jarrah in other regions is estimated to have increased 76%!

Leviathans of the land Old growth forests

Monday, November 20, 1995

Imagine a massive tree, its huge buttressed trunk so enormous it would equal the weight of a blue whale, the base would fill the floor space of the average lounge room. Imagine this tree's smooth grey-blue trunk towering up though a dense understorey of tree-ferns and blanket leaf, through a middle canopy of sweet-scented sassafras and mountain plum pines - the remnants of ancient forests which grew here before humans had fully evolved. Finally its upper-most branches disappear into the mist.