Rainforest logging and the ‘should’ factor

(not to be confused with the ‘whoops’ factor)

If only I had the negotiating skills of VicForests when I was growing up, I would never have had to eat my vegetables. I could have argued that Mum said, “You should eat your vegetables”, rather than “You must eat your vegetables”. This is the reasoning used by the DSE, after cutting a road through protected rainforest and Leadbeater’s possum habitat in the Royston Range of the Central Highlands. Apparently, because the loggers’ ...

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Law enforcers exempt from the law

If a private land owner was to destroy native vegetation without a permit, they would be fined and forced to rehabilitate up to 15 times the same area that was destroyed. This is now part of the Native Vegetation Management Framework drawn up by The Department of Sustainability and Environment. But the department which is empowered to enforce this regulation is, in fact, exempt from it.

Rainforest was illegally logged here in Dingo Creek and in the Central Highlands, 180 hectares ...

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DSE wins environmental calamity award

After months of delays, the EPA has released its report on the Audit it carried out in the middle of 2004, of logging compliance to the Code of Forest Practice.

Each year the EPA selects a sample of logging coupes across Victoria and assesses how the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and loggers have complied with the minimum environmental standards set out in the Code.

The EPA has devised a method of scoring compliance and believes that a score of 85% ...

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Bracks government has allowed illegal logging for years

A Supreme Court judge has ruled that the Bracks government’s environmental code for logging native forests (Code of Forest Practices) is enforceable under law.

Prior to this ruling, DSE argued that the only lawful requirements were that the coupe be in a logging zone and that the loggers have a licence to log. The ruling is no ‘get out of jail free’ card for future protestors as the Bracks Government has introduced new ‘Public Safety Zones’ which makes being in areas ...

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Rainforests still logged to within an inch of their edge

The Bracks government has released new statewide logging prescriptions (though now they’re called “procedures”), combining all regional prescriptions into the one document.

The procedures seem to have few changes, at least as far as rainforest is concerned.

The Mixed Forest definition (rainforest and eucalypt) is now included but is complex and will be hard to apply in the field. These forests should now be protected where stands meet the size limits of 0.4ha. Past logging of these forests have been put down ...

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DSE logging plans still in disarray

Despite last year’s 43% cutbacks, there was still a serious overcutting by the industry – with the full approval of DSE foresters. This year is supposed to see a reduction to make up for it. However, this year’s draft logging plan (called Wood Utilisation Plans or WUPs) has shown again how slap dash the whole planning system is.

Still overcuttingWith the 43% ‘cutbacks’ it should have reduced the total sawlog take to about 160,000 m3. Despite this and the need to ...

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Government awards itself a silver medal for its logging mess

The damning results of the Environment Protection Authority audit of logging practices in East Gippsland was released in January. Never daunted by criticism, the DSE crowed about its ‘continuous improvement’! The results show a worsening of adherence to many environmental protection codes – not an improvement.

In past internal DSE audits, loggers and foresters scored poorly on such things as marking of reserved areas, road construction, log landing/snig track rehabilitation and waterway buffer protection. Recommendations for improvements were made, but the ...

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Visitors want to see forests – not log trucks – Newspoll survey

A Newspoll survey has shown that forest logging is not only turning tourists away but destroying the very thing most people holidaying in East Gippsland would want to experience – old growth forests and rainforests.

Results from a Newspoll survey in late August show that the forests of East Gippsland are potentially as important in attracting visitors to this region as its coast. Of Victorian’s polled, 86% said that East Gippsland’s old growth and rainforests would be appealing to visit.

When asked ...

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Dingo Creek rainforest logging

As a result of arrests at the Dingo Creek rainforest coupe last Autumn, two protesters are challenging the charge of ‘obstructing a lawful logging operation’.

The case has been heard for two days so far and the last session is on January 18th at Bairnsdale. The public are welcome to attend. The NRE have made some startling admissions while giving prosecuting evidence, including;

that the person who planned the coupe, had no idea what the habitat requirements of the Powerful Owl, or ...

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Dingo Creek rainforest

An inquiry is slowly cranking up into how many trees really are out there, compared to how many the government have promised. Meanwhile, important areas of acknowledged conservation value are being clearfelled to meet the demands of the logging industry.

Nationally significant.

Dingo Creek could become the next icon area to fight for. NRE knows it and wants to destroy it quickly.


The latest in this long line of contentious logging ‘mistakes’ is at Dingo Creek, which adjoins the northern end of the ...

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