10 results for month: 10/2010


CFMEU declares forests war is over

Matthew Franklin, Chief political correspondent -  The Australian - October 23, 2010 12:00AM http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/cfmeu-declares-forests-war-is-over/story-fn59niix-1225942469608 THE union representing forestry workers has conceded logging in the nation's natural forests must stop. It has declared an armistice in its 30-year war with the environmental movement. But the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union now wants the green lobby and governments to secure the industry's long-term survival by agreeing to a dramatic expansion of plantation forestry. The CFMEU also wants a new focus on value-adding through ...

Industrial logging linked to frequency and severity of fire

5 March 2010 - Reporter: Gregg Borschmann http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2010/2837143.htm One year on from the Black Saturday fires in Victoria, many Australians, and the Bushfires Royal Commission, are still trying to explain the ferocity of the blaze that claimed 173 lives and burned more than 450,000 hectares. The idea that the Australian bush burns the way it always has is being challenged by David Lindemayer, a professor of forest and wildlife management at the Australian National University. Lindenmayer has been working in the Victorian forests for almost 30 years, and he says the latest research indicates that logging a forest ...

Forest logging creates fire traps: academic

4/03/2010   http://www.industrysearch.com.au/Features/Forest-logging-creates-fire-traps-academic-4857     Decades of industrial logging in Australia's wet forests have made them more fire prone, raising urgent fire management issues, according to an ANU academic. - Martyn Pearce, ANU Media Professor David Lindenmayer of the Fenner School of Environment and Society challenges current fire protection practices in the March issue of Australasian Science magazine. "Much discussion focuses on how to best protect human lives and built assets," Professor Lindenmayer writes. "But management also needs to counter the effects of past forestry ...

Case logs off

By Kath Gannaway - 24th August 2010 02:00:29 AM http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/mail/mountain-views/256/story/93523.html CHARGES filed in the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court in June claiming VicForests illegally logged a forest area in Toolangi have been dropped. While VicForests last week labelled the case lodged by the Fauna and Flora Research Collective as a publicity stunt, Vanessa Bleyer, the lawyer for FFRC and other environment groups involved, says they are just changing tack. The matter, which Ms Bleyer had described in July as a ‘landmark legal case’, was set down for a preliminary hearing on 12 August, but charges were withdrawn before ...

Receding gums: What ails Australia’s iconic trees?

16 September 2010 by Wendy Zukerman  New Scientist Magazine issue 2777 http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727772.200-receding-gums-what-ails-australias-iconic-trees.html Eucalyptus trees are dying all over Australia. To save them, we might have to learn to play with fire PICTURE an Australian landscape and the scene you conjure up will almost certainly be one graced by gum trees. Eucalyptus has colonised just about every corner of the country, from the forests that fringe the sandy beaches of Australia's southern shores, to the baking heat of the outback. Which makes it all the more alarming that across the country, swathes of gum trees ...

Bushfire response team to assess habitat damage

By Elizabeth Byrne - Posted Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:25pm AEST http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/22/3019023.htm?section=justin A group of ecology experts has assembled in Canberra to form a national response team that will assess damage immediately after a major bushfire. The interstate team will make rapid judgements about the extent of environmental damage after major fires like those in Victoria and Canberra, and offer timely advice to government authorities about remediation. The team includes experts in soil, forestry, wildlife and geographical systems. Dr Margaret Kitchin formed the group after working with a United States team in the ...

Hello possum, you’re an emblem of extinction

Adam Morton - October 2, 2010 http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/hello-possum-youre-an-emblem-of-extinction-20101001-1614u.html IT IS not every day you get a chance to make an animal extinct twice. According to scientists, Victoria is steadily working on it. Leadbeater's possum, a marsupial endemic to native forest on Melbourne's fringe, was declared extinct in the 1950s, apparently wiped out by agricultural land-clearing around the Bass River in South Gippsland. It was rediscovered near Marysville in 1961 - an event considered so momentous it was chosen as one of the state's two faunal emblems. Its population peaked at about 8000 ...

Native-forest felling split

Leslie White |  October 14, 2010 Have your say at: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2010/10/14/245351_national-news.html THE logging industry is split over the clear-felling of native forest. Australia's biggest logging company says the future lies in plantations, while the nation's biggest mill will consider an exit from native forest products and Tasmanian workers will vote on a proposal to end native-forest logging next month. And the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania appears set to sign a deal to end native forest logging by its members. But state government-owned logging agencies VicForests and NSW Forests continue to ...

Preserving old-growth forests is vital to saving the planet

Gavan McFadzean - June 22, 2009 http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/preserving-oldgrowth-forests-is-vital-to-saving-the-planet-20090621-cshx.html SO WHERE are the world's most carbon-rich forests? Not the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, Borneo or Africa's Congo Basin, according to research by the Australian National University. They are the tall, old-growth mountain ash forests of Victoria's Central Highlands — a 90-minute drive east of Melbourne. The researchers studied 132 forests from around the world to discover the regions that stored the most carbon. Their findings, published in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ...

Forests to the rescue on climate

Matthew Franklin and Siobhain Ryan - The Australian, September 04, 2008 http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,24290893-11949,00.html KEVIN Rudd will be asked to dramatically lift Australia's reserves of natural forests and grasslands as part of its climate change solution in a bid to ease emissions cuts on industry as part of the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Prime Minister's climate change adviser, Ross Garnaut, yesterday urged Australia to lift its focus on retaining natural forests and grasslands in northern Australia as part of its climate change response. The Australian understands the concept of boosting biosequestration has ...