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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 where the Premier is proposing to drive them. We need to give these endangered animals and irreplaceable forests a voice. Yes, we need wood products, but we don’t need to source them from areas where endangered species live.

Let’s not be the generation that oversaw the demise of so much more of our native wildlife, to temporarily sustain an industry in its death throes. These creatures need more protection. Please take a deep breath, Mr Baillieu, think again and do the right thing.

Dave Archer, Frankston.


Unethical at best

THE Department of Sudden Extinctions (DSE) has been handed the pen of god to cull threatened species to continue woodchipping native forests. Why? After Black Saturday, the forests were stripped of their capacity to operate duly as a woodchip source and maintain catchment health, but don’t let that get in the way of growth. Empowering the DSE to selectively cull threatened species is unethical at best. As for our state’s faunal emblem, let’s hope Melbourne Zoo can reserve a room for the last Leadbeater’s possum – they don’t take up much space.

Sarah Rees, MyEnvironment, Healesville