Errinundra 13 - Loggers ahead
In Victoria, Australia
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So your off on a walk through an amazing wilderness area and your beginning to think thats strange. All those trees seem really small. You get closer and realise it is a recovering log coupe.
It is an all too common occurrence in the area. The National Park was shaped like an Octopus ensuring most of the cuttable timber was outside of the park, leading to ongoing conflict.
Nobody of sound mind is going to question the need for wood products or having multiple use forests. But I personally have problems with over 90% being used for woodchips. The lack of consideration being given to other potential users. So little attention is paid to the protection of amazing Australian wildlife and just the sheer amounts that have been cut in a very unsustainable fashion. The lack of input from local communities even though it is all supposedly controlled by Regional Forest Agreements. This is the industry and area that started my working career in, so I do believe in it, but it is all controlled by the mighty dollar.
I have included an enhanced satellite image of the area. The lighter green areas show dry sclerophyll forests, which are unsuitable to provide trees for sawn timber and woodchips. The darker green areas are the wet sclerophyll forests. Moist, fertile with large fast growing trees. Perfect for logging. An overlay in pink, shows the current permanent reserve system. Then the brown blobs show areas logged since 1972 as indicated by the Department of Sustainability and Environment web page.
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Last Updated: on 6/15/2017 1:20:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time (8:20 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum