VicForests set up a project that a student of Creswick’s school of logging undertook. The outcome was extraordinarily predictable. An employee of VicForests, Abby Carmichael placed infrared cameras in unlogged and regenerating logged forest.
VicForest foresters and PR men always like to present their ‘facts’ as unquestionable science and anyone who dares question them are blasphemers. Well – get a load of their latest ‘home brand’ fact sheet on logging. VicForests are proudly peddling this small two page glossy on their homepage and it’s a truly amazing mishmash of statistics and a skewed analysis of logging in East Gippsland.
The largest destroyer of our endangered forest species could be made exempt from the law that protects them!
Victoria’s Baillieu led National Party government plans to rewrite the environmental Code for logging so that the DSE Secretary can flick his pen over a piece of paper to exempt logging from abiding by the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (FFGA).
This is as a direct result of our Brown Mountain Supreme Court wins (September 2010). As predicted back then, rather than honour the law, they are altering it.
How can an audit that has found environmental breaches on almost all the coupes checked possibly end up with a result of 93% compliance? The latest audit of logging in Victoria’s forests will leave many environmentalists convinced that these Audits are totally worthless exercises that have done nothing to protect biodiversity in our forests. One of the reasons for the audit result is that around half of the things checked by the auditors are checks to make sure paperwork has been filled in correctly.
After a complaint was made about the content of VicForests’ “Flora, Fauna and Wood Production” factsheet, they have pulled it off their web site and replaced it with several new “fact” sheets that are just about as bad as the original.
VicForests has been running around media outlets trying to build “relationships” and in the latest Sustainability report they brag that they have:
increased our capacity to be a source of credible facts and figures about the timber industry.
Bob Humphries has run the biggest woodchip mill in East Gippsland and has operated his Cann River mill for the past 40 years.
Bob Humphries is also the President of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI). This is the state's lobby group for harassing the government to give them more forest to clearfell and for producing plenty of questionable information for the public.