A loss now and for eternity

The Age, November 4th 2011 IT IS with much sadness, and not a little anger, that I read of Ted Baillieu's proposal to sacrifice our endangered wildlife and magnificent old-growth forest for some woodchips that we can produce in plantations (''New law in pipeline to aid loggers'', The Age, 3/11). Does Mr Baillieu not care about his grandchildren? None of us will ever see a Tassie tiger again but the long-footed potoroo and other threatened species are still hanging on, just, for future generations to view in the wild and not stuffed in some glass display case, which is ...

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Grants to help threatened species

1 Nov 11 @ 06:55am by Gilbert Gardiner http://berwick-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/grants-to-help-threatened-species/ A LEADING conservation authority has stepped up its campaign to protect endangered species across Casey and Cardinia. Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority has started distributing $65,000 in grants to help landowners build fences to control pest plants and animals and revegetate private properties. The grants form part of a $1.9 million program to protect 390 hectares of habitat for southern brown bandicoots, Leadbeat...

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Grants to help protect species across Casey and Cardinia

25 Oct 11 @ 07:00am by Gilbert Gardiner http://cranbourne-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/grants-to-help-protect-species-across-casey-and-cardinia/ A LEADING conservation authority has stepped up its campaign to protect endangered flora and fauna species across Casey and Cardinia. Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority is distributing $65,000 in grants to help landowners build fences to control pest plants and animals, and revegetate private properties. The grants form part of a three-year $1.9 million program to protect 390ha of habitat ...

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Kallista teen fights for possums

18 Oct 11 @ 07:00am by Alex Munro http://free-press-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/kallista-teen-fights-for-possums/ A KALLISTA teenager is leading a campaign to save the endangered Leadbeater’s possum. Elly Robertson, 14, is one of three teenagers from the eastern suburbs that make up the Help the Endangered Leadbeater’s Possum group. “We try to help in every respect we can, whether it’s habitat regeneration, attending to feeding stations at Lake Mountain, or raising awareness,” said Elly, who founded the group after learning how Black Saturday ...

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Toolangi forest logging halted until 2012

19 Sep 11 @ 04:06pm by Emily Webb http://lilydale-yarra-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/toolangi-forest-logging-halted-until-2012/ A HALT on logging in a Toolangi forest has been extended until February, 2012. The Supreme Court today extended the injunction to stop logging in Sylvia Creek forest near Toolangi after VicForests agreed to the moratorium. Healesville-based conservation group My Environment Inc has challenged the legality of VicForests logging operation on the grounds that the area is habitat for the endangered Leadbeater’s possum. The full court ...

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Court extends Sylvia Creek logging injunction

Updated September 19, 2011 12:41:55 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-19/court-extends-sylvia-creek-logging-injunction/2905978 The Victorian Supreme Court has extended a ban on logging at a contentious site north-east of Melbourne until next year. Environmentalists took the government's forestry arm, VicForests, to court last month over its timber operations at Sylvia Creek, near Toolangi. They argue the site is home to the threatened Leadbeaters possum. The court this morning extended an injunction blocking logging until next February, when it will revisit the ...

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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 ...

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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.html BEFORE 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 ...

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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.html THE 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 ...

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Protest calls for Officeworks to dump Reflex

Lydia Sawtell |  September 13, 2011 http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2011/09/13/381661_latest-news.html PROTESTERS 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 ...

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