10 results for month: 06/2011


Leadbeater’s patrol helps feed possums

BY MELISSA CUNNINGHAM07 Jun, 2011 04:00 AMhttp://www.maroondahweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/leadbeaters-patrol-helps-feed-possums/2186137.aspx   Snowy trek: Emma-Kate Campbell and Tony Schnaedelbach make the journey to feed possums. FOR the past two winters, Friends of Leadbeater's Possum volunteers have skied and snow-shuffled their way across the Lake Mountain plateau above Marysville twice a week to feed the endangered possums.  Natural food has been scarce for the endangered possum during the critical winter months since the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires ravaged the Yarra Ranges National Park.Volunteers provide food that includes ...

VicForests investigates timber claim

Jared Lynch and Ben Butler June 11, 2011http://www.theage.com.au/business/vicforests-investigates-timber-claim-20110610-1fwwq.htmlA TIMBER merchant has been accused of putting Victorian jobs at risk by sending thousands of tonnes of wood salvaged after the deadly Black Saturday fires overseas for processing.The state government's commercial forestry arm, VicForests, confirmed yesterday it was investigating Robert Brudenell, of Pinex Logging, over a suspected breach of contract.VicForests initially agreed to supply Mr Brudenell 145,000 tonnes of bushfire-affected timber on its standard contract condition that the logs be processed in ...

Gains hard to price

Published "Letter to Editor"Scroll halfway down link: http://www.theage.com.au/national/letters/companys-action-unconscionable-20110620-1gbqt.htmlVICFORESTS' David Walsh says that wood would have gone to waste had the trees killed or severely damaged in the 2009 bushfires not been harvested (''Call for inquiry as salvaged wood exported'', The Age, 20/6). What a profit-at-all-cost mentality.Leaving fire-killed or damaged trees standing is not a waste. They create structure in the regenerating forest, sheltering new growth and providing homes to badly affected wildlife. Leadbeater's possum, for example, will rely on the protection provided by ...

Council pounces on jobs

BY PHILIPPA WILLIAMS 09 Jun, 2011 12:00 AM http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/news/local/news/general/council-pounces-on-jobs/2190441.aspx A potential opportunity to bring the VicForest head office, and its 80 jobs, to the Valley has been pounced on by Latrobe City Council. The State Government and VicForest may pull out of its plans to move the head office to the Yarra Valley, after the council boycotted locally-made Reflex paper.Concerns have been raised over the Maryvale Mill using material from native forests which environmental groups say is pushing the leadbeater's possum towards extinction.The Yarra Ranges Council moved a resolution ...

Forest logging a big carbon culprit

Ben Cubby May 24, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/forest-logging-a-big-carbon-culprit-20110523-1f0vv.htmlSTOPPING logging in old-growth forests, particularly in southern Australia, is one of the best ways of making timely cuts to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Climate Commission's first report.Established forests store much more carbon dioxide than plantations, so cutting them down releases more heat-trapping gases, it concluded.''In general, forests with high carbon storage capacities are those in relatively cool, moist climates that have fast growth coupled with low decomposition rates, and ...

How to make money from trees without cutting them down

Paddy Manning. April 23, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/business/how-to-make-money-from-trees-without-cutting-them-down-20110422-1drho.htmlREDD Forests, a little company 20 per cent owned by Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron, is proving that threatened native forest in Tasmania can have more value standing than if it was logged, by generating carbon credits.Next week, the first 55,549 verified carbon units approved in this country - each representing a tonne of greenhouse gas emissions saved - will pop up on a register maintained by the Washington-based Verified Carbon Standard.The units would be worth about $700,000 at current market prices of ...

Forest protests tighten woodchip pressure

Graham Lloyd, Environment editor From: The Australian April 23, 2011 12:00AMhttp://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/forest-protests-tighten-woodchip-pressure/story-e6frg6n6-1226043514421NATIVE forest campaigners have stepped up pressure on woodchipping operations in a bid to stop logging in state reserves and force the industry to follow Gunns in Tasmania and restructure around plantation timber.Mock funerals were held in Sydney and Melbourne this week to mourn the demise of the Leadbeater's possum, Victoria's animal emblem, which is threatened with extinction by the logging of forests to produce Reflex Paper.Protest groups in NSW seized on ...

Environment laws on hold

Tom Arup. April 26, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/environment/environment-laws-on-hold-20110425-1du4r.htmlTHE government will wait at least two years until it responds to a comprehensive review recommending a shake-up of national environment laws.The two-year wait has been questioned by the review's spearhead, Allan Hawke, who calls the decision ''curious''.Under the laws the federal environment minister can approve or reject major industrial projects such as pulp mills and mines based on their impact on endangered species and other threatened environment. The Hawke Review recommended the laws be significantly strengthened to give them greater ...

Fears for possum’s fate

BY CAMERON LUCADOU-WELLS 03 May, 2011 12:00 AM http://www.maroondahweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/fears-for-possums-fate/2149897.aspx AN ecology expert has warned that Victoria's fauna emblem, the Leadbeater's possum, is under threat from proposed logging in some Yarra Ranges forests.Australian National University ecology professor, David Lindenmayer, said he "can't believe" that areas across central Victoria with significant numbers of the threatened possum were being targeted for logging.He backed Yarra Ranges Council's opposition to VicForests' plans to log 20 coupes near conservation reserves that protected threatened species.The plan ...

Council gags on Reflex vow

Anne Wright From: Herald Sun May 21, 2011 12:00AMhttp://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/council-gags-on-reflex-vow/story-fn6bfm6w-1226059896914A COUNCIL has been warned to lift its ban on a brand of paper or risk losing 45 new jobs.The State Government said a proposal to move the VicForests corporate offices into the Yarra Range Council's area would be "off the table", unless it started using Reflex paper.A letter from Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh to Yarra Ranges Council chief executive Glenn Patterson, seen by the Herald Sun, commended the proposal for the VicForests corporate office to move, which would create 45 jobs.Mr Walsh then says ...