Forests Forever Ecology Camp 2018

The 2018 Easter Forests Forever Camp featured great weather, fabulous walks, informative speakers and walk leaders and of course people ~ but best of all, magnificent forests!

Some of the adventurous walkers in the depths of Brown Mountain’s old growth forests. Here they rest by the giant Rennie tree near the rainforest creek.
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Malcolm Turnbull caves in to Tasmanian loggers

Last weekend, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull flew to Launceston for the Tasmanian Liberals’ yearly conference.

Accompanied by Premier Will Hodgman, Turnbull’s first stop was the timber yard of logging company Neville-Smith Forest Products, once a part of the now-fallen Gunns logging empire. Twenty years after John Howard signed the first Regional Forest Agreement with Tasmania, Turnbull was in town to give Tasmania’s loggers all they wanted for the next 20 years and more. There was not a protester in sight.

What a ...

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Scientists warn greater glider faces extinction and want it protected from logging

Those who know the greater glider have a vivid way of describing it: like a flying possum crossed with a koala. About the size of a garden-variety possum, but with a looped tail up to 60 centimetres long and membranes that extend from its elbow to its ankle, it is Australia’s largest gliding marsupial.

Scientists say it may not continue to be: it is headed for extinction. Two decades ago, greater gliders were abundant up the east coast, but a combination of land-clearing, ...

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ECO-FRIENDLY FIREWOOD – are their homes warming yours

There are few sights more comforting than a stack of split wood. And there are few more cheering times than toasting the feet by an open fire or wood heater. The wind howls, the rain beats a rhythm on the roof and the soup simmers on the stove. But who once sheltered in that tree you’re now burning? 

Now don’t turn to the next page not wanting to feel guilty. Let’s explore the most eco-friendly ...

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Greater Glider – recently listed as threatened

Bad news: The Greater Glider, Australia’s largest (and fluffiest) gliding possum is under threat of extinction.

Good news: It has recently been added to the threatened list of Victoria’s Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (FFGA)

After decades of decline and zero government interest or surveys, the clear evidence is that local extinctions of the Greater Glider are happening. It’s still in decline due to ongoing threats like clearfelling its ...

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Scientists identify the real king of the forest: fungus

To a casual hiker, one bit of North American forest may seem like any other. But look more closely and a mysterious patchwork of diversity emerges. Some stands of forest are clearly dominated by a single kind of tree. Others are a diverse mix of species.

Now, a multiyear effort to understand these differences has uncovered a surprising answer. What controls forest diversity is not the trees but the fungi that interact with them, typically at microscopic scales, below ...

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Preserving our forests should be a top priority

The magnificent old growth forests of East Gippsland are a national treasure. Yet state-endorsed logging continues in this region, undermining the rich tapestry of plants and animals that support human health. 

In August of this year, citizen scientists documented the presence of a large population of protected Greater Gliders in these forests, including inside an active logging coupe.Greater Gliders are listed on the federal threatened species list as vulnerable to extinction and on the Victorian threatened species advisory list as rare. ...

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

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 ...

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