24 results for month: 09/2011


Like a voice in the wilderness

ROSSLYN BEEBY 17 Sep, 2011 12:00 AM http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/like-a-voice-in-the-wilderness/2295146.aspx?storypage=0#'Life on earth is inconceivable without trees,'' the great Russian playwright Anton Chekov wrote in a letter to a friend in the late 1880s. ''Forests create climate, climate influences peoples' character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilisation nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe.''And in the first act of Uncle Vanya, there's an environmental monologue, in which the country doctor Mikhail Astrov passionately rails against the destruction of Russia's forests ...

Just 1% of central highlands old growth survives

Adam Morton September 12, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/just-1-of-central-highlands-old-growth-survives-20110911-1k498.htmlBEFORE European settlement up to 80 per cent of the wet eucalyptus forest of Victoria's central highlands was old-growth mountain ash, with trees taller than 90 metres towering above the landscape.According to research published in US journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the old-growth is nearly gone and on the verge of being unrecoverable.The paper says decades of logging and frequent bushfire have reduced the area of old-growth to about 2000 hectares - 1.2 per cent of ...

Government’s VicForests logs a profit, but only just

Ben Butler September 15, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/business/governments-vicforests-logs-a-profit-but-only-just-20110914-1k9lh.htmlTHE state government's logging company, VicForests, burnt through more than $5 million in cash last year as its customers struggled to pay their bills, accounts tabled in Parliament yesterday reveal.Thanks to a $5.8 million grant for bushfire recovery services from the government, the native forest logging monopoly declared a profit of $2.3 million for 2010-11.But VicForests' operating cash flow was negative for the second year running and its borrowing from government again blew out, increasing from $19 ...

Protest calls for Officeworks to dump Reflex

Lydia Sawtell |  September 13, 2011http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2011/09/13/381661_latest-news.htmlPROTESTERS donned rubber gloves this morning in Melbourne to demand Officeworks cleans up its act and dump Reflex paper.Officeworks recently banned the sale of paper from Asian rainforests vital for the survival of the Sumatran tiger, and now The Wilderness Society want the store to do the same for Australia's own wildlife.Currently Reflex source paper from Victoria's Central Highlands which is home to the leadbeater's possum and other species close to extinction.The Wilderness Society spokeswoman Trier Murphy said: "We are ...

Protesters stand firm on logging in Sylvia Creek

BY MELISSA CUNNINGHAM 02 Aug, 2011 04:00 AM http://www.maroondahweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/protesters-stand-firm-on-logging-in-sylvia-creek/2244177.aspx?src=email RALLIES have continued in the city and in the forest coupes of Sylvia Creek as protesters vow to stay united in their stance against logging by VicForests.More than 40 protesters - including Toolangi residents, city conservationists and members of the Wilderness Society and My Environment - stood outside Premier Ted Baillieu's office in Camberwell for more than two hours on Thursday.They called on the premier to intervene and protect the habitat of the endangered Leadbe...

Is your Office Paper destroying our forests?

by Treehuggers 06/06/2011http://www.streetcorner.com.au/news/showPost.cfm?bid=21438&mycomm=WCThe ProblemProducing Reflex Paper from native forest wood impacts our climate, water and wildlife.Australian Paper, makers of Reflex, is the largest domestic purchaser of pulplogs from Victoria's native forests.These native forests are the most carbon dense known to science on Earth. Logging and post-logging burning releases enormous amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Protecting Victoria's forests - both existing old growth forests and allowing previously degraded forests to restore their lost carbon - is crucial to tackling ...

Leadbeater’s patrol helps feed possums

BY MELISSA CUNNINGHAM 07 Jun, 2011 04:00 AM http://www.maroondahweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/leadbeaters-patrol-helps-feed-possums/2186137.aspxFOR 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 a nectar mix prepared at Healesville Sanctuary.A passionate animal advocate and ...

Protesters call for halt to logging at Toolangi

Mark DeBono Updated August 17, 2011 14:30:37More than 50 people have staged a protest against logging in a forest north-east of Melbourne.The group is calling on the Government to take action to stop logging in the Sylvia Creek Forest near Toolangi, which it says is home to the endangered leadbeater possum.The Wilderness Society's Luke Chamberlain says clear-felling has been underway in the area for the past five weeks, but forestry workers are not at the site today.He says the community is strongly opposed to the logging."One hundred and forty local residents came to a meeting in Toolangi last week and the resolution of that was very ...

Sylvia Creek forest blockade marks five weeks

Saturday, August 20, 2011 By Ben Courtice http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48573 About 100 supporters rallied in persistent rain at Sylvia Creek, in the Toolangi State Forest north-east of Melbourne, to protest logging operations by Vic Forests. The supporters joined locals and forest campaigners who have been blockading the 19-hectare “Gunbarrel” coupe for five weeks.Vic Forests are clear-felling the Gunbarrel coupe, which is one of the few areas that was not burned in 2009’s catastrophic Black Saturday fire. Areas completely surrounding Sylvia Creek were burned, turning this zone into a “biodiversity refuge” as local campaigner ...

Court bid to halt logging at Sylvia Creek

Posted August 24, 2011 12:20:41http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-24/court-bid-to-halt-logging-at-sylvia-creek/2853700Environment groups are seeking a Supreme Court injunction against the logging of bushland near Sylvia Creek, near Toolangi.The State Government-owned timber company, VicForests, has begun logging parts of the forest.Opponents claim the area is home to the endangered Leadbeater's possum and must be protected.VicForests disputes this.Conservation lawyer Vanessa Blyer says her client's case is clear."The writ alleges that Leadbeaters possum habitat is being logged right now," she said."As a result, the logging ...