Opinion piece reprinted from The Age 16/7/22 I have worked in the forests of Victoria since July 1983. Today I’m the most highly cited forest ecologist globally and have written 48 books on the subject. One of the most difficult times in my career in that 40 years was after the 2009 Black Saturday fires, …
According to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change late last month, sequestering carbon dioxide is only one of the crucial climate-regulating attributes inherent to the world’s forests.
Scientists hope the belated listing of fires as a threat to forest species can stop the destructive use of hazard-reduction burning.
By Peter Fisher | 1 February 2020. In late March 2022, the state government’s unstoppable new burning empire set fire to the surrounds of this tiny area of incredibly unique and ancient palms in East Gippsland. It is part of an unproven, counterproductive, baseless and destructive land management regime. Natural disaster and man-made destruction is …
As communities emerged from summer’s megafires, VicForests was conveniently contracted to remove ‘hazardous trees’ along East Gippsland’s roadsides. In reality, the term ‘looting’ comes to mind.
This research contradicts one of the central assumptions in Australian fire management – that forest accumulate fuel over time and so become increasingly flammable.
The protective vegetation of ancient mahogany trees were destroyed as part of planned burn ‘management’. Some of these were hundreds of years old and posed no risk to anyone. Yet no one is accountable for this shameful vandalism.
We are told clearfell logging is ‘sustainable’ and they protect the natural values … like this lonely, retained ‘habitat tree’.
Australia’s east coast has been compared to the Amazon as a “deforestation front”. WWF’s The Living Planet report, produced every second year for the past 20 years, says global populations of vertebrate species have declined 60% since 1970. But koala numbers have disappeared at a much faster rate – more than 20% a decade – …
Not all plants and trees are flammable. Some are fire retardant.
Bushfires are painted as the big enemy and forests as their associates ‘in crime’. However the science and evidence tells a different story.