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VicForests logs Powerful Owl habitat for …. firewood?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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Powerful Owl (Image Duncan Fraser)

You’ve got to be joking, right? VicForests are spruiking the importance of  firewood as a sustainable product from Parlour’s Creek coupe. Is firewood really such an important part of their business model?

Which kind of means that they’re logging Powerful Owl and Greater Glider habitat for firewood!

Logging plan puts squeeze on Victoria's high value native forests

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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VicForests' timber release plan targets 12,000 hectares of East Gippsland forest. Photo: John Renowden

Victoria has taken the dubious title of being the largest logger of Australian native forest by volume, accounting for around a third of all native forest logged in the country over the past year.

The state government agency VicForests logged more than 1.3 million cubic metres of wood from Victoria's native forests, almost 100,000 cubic metres more than the year before.

Sydney air pollution from scheduled burn led to 14 premature deaths, researchers find

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Aren’t we told planned burns are done to save lives? How come so many people are dying and suffering from the smoke they generate then? In November, 14 people died from the burns smoke that blanketed Sydney. Many more suffered asthma attacks and were hospitalised. How long has this been hidden from the public, with health records kept under wraps?  [Ed]

Photo: Sydney Harbour was shrouded in smoke during hazard reduction burns in May. (Supplied: Stephen Coates)

Up to 14 people died prematurely due to smoke from a hazard reduction burn in Sydney, new research has found, prompting calls for better warnings.

Eden chip mill back in action

Monday, November 14, 2016

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Back in business: Pentarch Forestry regional general manager Kel Henry (left) with Allied Natural Wood Exports general manager Jarrod Wallis at the freshly repaired Eden chip mill conveyor system, Monday November 14. Picture: Toni Houston

The Eden chip mill is buzzing with activity again, as repairs finish up on the main jetty wharf conveyor system, now back in action after five months.

The conveyor was rendered inoperable by June’s monster storm event, necessitating the chip mill to downsize operations and dispatch only smaller loads via the multi-purpose wharf.

Frog princess find could be kiss of life for an amphibian that's almost croaking

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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He had been looking for his lady for six years. Six long years of fruitless searching upon a muddy mountaintop.

Sometimes it was so cold, snow was underfoot and on the mountain ash branches above.

When Deon Gilbert eventually found her, his heart skipped a beat. She was everything he had hoped for: voluptuous, mature and (better still) pregnant.

The secret life of echidnas reveals a world-class digger vital to our ecosystems

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Echidnas may not seem the most active of animals. Waddling around, they spend much of their time dozing and hiding. But in research published today in the Journal of Experimental Biology, we show that echidnas dig huge amounts of soil, and play a crucial role in Australia’s ecosystems.

All eyes on the Commissioners on the International Day of Action on Bioenergy

Monday, October 10, 2016

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October 19th is the International Day of Action on Bioenergy, a day to raise awareness about the impacts of the growing bioenergy industry driven by unwisely designed renewable energy policies. As we know, in many cases bioenergy hasn’t exactly lived up to the promises of renewable energy such as emission reductions and environmental protection – in many cases the impacts have been quite the opposite.

Native forests are worth more unlogged, so why are we still cutting them down?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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I spent the first four years of my life living in the middle of the forest in southeastern NSW.

Our log cabin was at the end of a dirt road, surrounded by stringybark, spotted gum and the sounds of kookaburras and lyre birds.

Illustration: John Shakespeare

Wombat holes and lichen-covered boulders dotted the hillside and the creek ran cold and clear, steeped red-brown with tea tree.

After we moved to the city, we returned most years to visit family. Every trip more and more of the surrounding bushland was cleared and replanted with radiata pine.

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