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Environmental groups demand end to logging of Australia’s native forests

Environmental groups demand end to logging of Australia’s native forests | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
More than 30 green groups sign statement after damning report says extending regional forestry agreements ‘would constitute an irrational decision on environmental, economic and social grounds’
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Millions meant for dismantling Tas forestry now to be injected into industry

Millions meant for dismantling Tas forestry now to be injected into industry | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
Millions of dollars earmarked for reducing Tasmania's native forestry sector are to be spent on rebuilding it.
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Subsidies for extractive industries every which way and loose! Tassie forests back on the chopping block under the LNP.  What will they tell their grandchildren? "We helped our mates in the bush, but now there is no bush left and the planet is burning up"?

Ecocidal politics.

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The battle to save the Leadbeater’s possum from logging

The battle to save the Leadbeater’s possum from logging | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
The average punter knows very little about logging in Victoria. Perhaps even fewer realise it could drive the state’s animal emblem out of existence.
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“It’s really sad that Victorians don’t know that their faunal emblem is on the brink of collapse and being logged into extinction.”

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Super Tasty Superfoods from Down Under

Super Tasty Superfoods from Down Under | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
Let your taste buds travel to a different time in a different place.

Via Australian Wild
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Wild food and native Australian spices.

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Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words

Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
At the recent UN Climate Summit in New York there was little in the way of new climate policy announcements, but 27 countries did sign a new forest agreement — the New York Declaration on Forests. Some…
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"Australia’s domestic commitment to direct action on climate change may be mirrored internationally in initiatives that emerge from the Australian Government’s Rainforest Summit on 12 November. That remains to be seen." Peter Kanowski

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End of Tasmania's forest peace deal heralds more uncertainty

End of Tasmania's forest peace deal heralds more uncertainty | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
Tasmania’s parliament yesterday passed new forestry laws to undo the state’s forest “peace” deal. The laws are the most significant step so far in delivering the Liberal government’s pledge to “tear up…
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" Tasmania’s parliament yesterday passed new forestry laws to undo the state’s forest “peace” deal. The laws are the most significant step so far in delivering the Liberal government’s pledge to “tear up” the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, formed in 2013 between the forest industry, government and environmental groups.

The law undoes around 400,000 hectares of reserves created in the agreement. These will be shifted into a new land category — Future Potential Production Forest Land. After 2020 the minister responsible will be able to convert these lands to permanent timber production zone land where native forest logging can happen.

It also allows logging for special species in conservation reserves created by governments of all hues going back over twenty years. It is intended to allow the industry to grow, presumably by allowing access to more wood in the future.

Those reserves created under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement that formed part of the new World Heritage Area extensions will remain as reserves. " (cont')

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Forestry industry out on a limb

Forestry industry out on a limb | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
In its heyday Cann River in Victoria’s far east was home to seven sawmills, but now just one remains.
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"Forestry is one of the most disrupted industries in the country. On top of the challenges facing all heavy industry - the high dollar, international competition, falling commodity prices and relatively high cost base - the $7.5 billion timber industry faces specific difficulties at the heart of its business model.

A perpetual and heated environmental contest hangs over native logging, and plantation growers are still dealing with legacies from shambolic tax breaks and collapses. The markets for their products, meanwhile, are in a state of constant change.

 

The impact is broad, from small mills to the large state government-owned timber companies in NSW, Tasmania and Victoria.
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International competition from plantations in Vietnam, Thailand and South America produce cheaper chips with higher yields. They are crowding Australia out of its traditional and once lucrative markets in Japan."

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Claims owners tried to lease mill for woodchipping denied

Claims owners tried to lease mill for woodchipping denied | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
Claims the Triabunna mill owners had tried to lease the site for woodchipping are brought into question.
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Pro logging politicians still griping about timber industry demise.

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NSW logging review a farce, green groups say

NSW logging review a farce, green groups say | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
A coalition of environment groups has quit a state government logging review in disgust, saying the process is “deeply flawed” and threatened species and streams are imperilled.
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A coalition of environment groups has quit a state government logging review in disgust, saying the process is “deeply flawed” and threatened species and streams are imperilled. 

Environment Minister Rob Stokes said he was “disappointed” by the move, which is likely to undermine public confidence in new logging rules for NSW coastal forests, covering thousands of hectares of sensitive bush.

The government has invited Forestry Corporation of NSW, which profits from harvesting public forests, to help rewrite rules governing coastal logging, saying the present regime is too complex.

Separate regulation for four forest areas spanning the NSW coastline will be folded into one regime. The government will also move away from "detailed and prescriptive rules" protecting threatened species, soil and water to an "outcomes-based" approach.

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW, the state's peak environment group, says it has "serious concerns" about the remake. It says authorities reneged on a promise to properly consult the conservation movement and draft rules are being devised behind closed doors, without independent expert advice.

It says the proposed changes erode environmental safeguards, loosening restrictions on grazing and what forestry methods can be used.

Forestry Corporation of NSW pays an annual dividend to the government. Environment groups say the government’s commitment to maintaining wood supplies is in serious conflict with conservation principles.

“We are prepared to work with the government to ensure vital protections for soil, streams and threatened species are maintained, but we will not put our name to proposals that come out of a flawed process,” the council's chief executive Kate Smolski said.

North East Forest Alliance spokesman Dailan Pugh said environmental protections were “being decided in secret backroom political deals” and the process had become a "farce". Logging rules should be “based on the best available science and … subject to independent peer review” he said.

The dispute follows a series of perceived attacks on environmental protections in NSW, including a remake of laws limiting how farmers clear native bush, and recommendations from the government’s natural resource advisers for logging in state conservation areas."

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Non-linear effects of stand age on fire severity - Taylor - Conservation Letters - Wiley Online Library

Non-linear effects of stand age on fire severity - Taylor - Conservation Letters - Wiley Online Library | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
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Abstract

"We quantify the relationship between forest stand age and fire severity using a detailed case study of Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans Muell) forest burned in south-eastern Australia in 2009. We focused on two important areas of Mountain Ash forest that feature a range of growth stages and disturbance histories. Using probit regression analysis, we identified a strong relationship between the age of a Mountain Ash forest and the severity of damage that the forest sustained from the fires under extreme weather conditions. Stands of Mountain Ash trees between the ages of 7 to 36 years mostly sustained canopy consumption and scorching, which are impacts resulting from high severity fire. High severity fire leading to canopy consumption almost never occurred in young stands (<7 years) and also was infrequent in older (>40 years) stands of Mountain Ash. We discuss the significant forest conservation and management implications of these results for Mountain Ash forests as well as other similar biomes, where high severity fire is a common form of disturbance."
Taylor, C., McCarthy, M.A., and Lindenmayer, D.B. (in press). Non-linear effects of stand age on fire severity. Conservation Letters.

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Study finds logging increased intensity of Black Saturday fires

Study finds logging increased  intensity of Black Saturday fires | Australian Forests | Scoop.it

THE heat and severity of Kinglake and Marysville fires that killed 159 people on Black Saturday was significantly increased by clear-fell logging of forests, scientists believe.

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$8.5 million for north coast timber buyback

$8.5 million for north coast timber buyback | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
$8.5 million to buy back timber allocations.
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BORAL timber to receive huge (tax payer funded) payouts for reducing volume of wood supply contract with NSW govt ... ironically, the $8.5m is payment for timber that doesn't exist in NSW state forests. The contracted log volumes were promised in 2004 by the former NSW minister for DPI, Ian Macdonald, (now disgraced by the NSW ICAC for corruption) despite being told that stated volumes did not exist.  This is a 3rd payout to the NSW timber industry since 2005.
Why is ICAC not looking at the NSW wood supply contracts?

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BORAL timber to receive huge (tax payer funded) payouts for reducing volume of wood supply contract with NSW govt ... ironically, the $8.5m is payment for timber that doesn't exist in NSW state forests. The contracted log volumes were promised in 2004 by the former NSW minister for DPI, Ian Macdonald, (now disgraced by the NSW ICAC for corruption) despite being told that stated volumes did not exist.  This is a 3rd payout to the NSW timber industry since 2005.
Why is ICAC not looking at the NSW wood supply contracts?

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Stand tall for the tallest flowering trees

Stand tall for the tallest flowering trees | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
I support the creation of the #GreatForestNP to save the #FairyPossum. Add your name too
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Koala Report

Koala Report | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
** Please note that the report is copyright.  Use of the report is free to media and community groups however government agencies and commercial users are asked to check with us as condition
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NSW Koalas heading for extinction unless habitat protected!
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Rainforest Connections - Stop Cable Logging on Steep Slopes in NSW Public Forests

Rainforest Connections - Stop Cable Logging on Steep Slopes in NSW Public Forests | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
Right now, the NSW State Government is planning to begin cable logging of steep forested slopes. Areas that are hard to get to and play a vital role in holding our catchments together are now under immediate threat. Our project is to make a short film clip to use as a campaign tool to build community awareness and opposition to the Government's plan useing a small remote operated drone to film the slopes and gullies.
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Donate to funding campaign for short film.

"NEFA is campaigning with the North Coast Environment Council and the Bellingen Environment Centre against the plan to start cable logging the steep slopes around Bellingen, Nambucca, Coffs Harbour. First step: raise awareness!"
via North East Forest Alliance

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Parquetry mill takes aim

Parquetry mill takes aim | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
THE South Grafton parquetry mill has reopened its doors after being closed for six years and has its sights set firmly on China.
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Clarence Valley, North Coast, NSW. Australian timber for flooring.
Looking to export parquetry product to China.

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Asian power stations want renewable wood fuel

Asian power stations want renewable wood fuel | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
A Queensland sawmill is tapping into Asian demand for renewable energy alternatives.
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BIOMASSACRE
Australian native forests exploited for Asian power generators?
This is industry greenwash and risks our forests being cut to supply fuel for polluting power plants.
The flagging woodchip market replaced with wood pellet market, due to biomass power generation being labelled "renewable" energy.

"A Queensland sawmill is helping supply rising demand for renewable energy in Asian power stations.

Late last year, Brisbane-based Altus Renewables commissioned a $25 million plant at the Hyne mill, near Maryborough, to compress sawdust and shavings into small wood pellets used to co-fire stations in Korea and Japan.

The first 25,000-tonne shipment left the Bundaberg Port for South Korea last Friday in what could signal a new opportunity for the troubled local timber sector."

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Abetz still in the woods, fighting a lost war

Abetz still in the woods, fighting a lost war | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
As Tasmania lags behind Australia, Eric Abetz is reigniting old battles.
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Forestry v greenies

"For decades, Tasmania was roiled with conflict between loggers and conservationists. It is difficult to exaggerate the enmity, or how much it consumed state politics. There were extremists on both sides – saboteurs and the violently confrontational. As Nietzsche might have it, the conflict was variously interpreted as: the working class versus the middle; progress versus conservation; citizen versus corporate malfeasance. For loggers from remote hamlets, handed their skills by their fathers and sceptical of the possibility of alternative work, the green protesters offensively preferred philosophy over humans. Conversely, many protesters thought the loggers ignorant lackeys of increasingly rapacious companies – notably Gunns. Like most caricatures arising from conflict, they were both accurate and woefully inadequate. 

In 2013 the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement was passed in state parliament. It would come to be informally known as the “peace deal”. It consigned half a million hectares of forest to conservation, while guaranteeing logging companies access to a set number of sawlogs from plantations. Meanwhile, state and federal governments would provide compensation to companies and communities affected by the downsizing, while industry agreed to internationally recognised Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. 

The deal had taken years, and involved industry, conservation groups, unions and government. It was eventually endorsed by the Gillard government before passing the Tasmanian house. In reality, the deal was assisted more by market forces than protesters. “Industry didn’t stop because of greenies,” Lohrey tells me. “It stopped because of the market. It was an inefficient industry and inflexible, and had been subsidised for a long, long time. Gunns went broke because CEO John Gay overextended them. Their debt went way up, and their equity right down, and then the bottom of the market fell out. Gunns has been a disaster for the forestry industry generally.”

As with many other Australian industries, the world caught up. Countries were growing their own plantations, and producing woodchips much cheaper. Combined with a high Australian dollar, our wood exports – especially for chips – collapsed. 

Regardless, during the 2013 federal election campaign, Abetz said the agreement was ruinous to Tasmania’s growth and vowed to tear it up in government. Abetz was pledging to resurrect the forest wars, even if global markets rendered the act almost purely symbolic. [...]"

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Conservationists proposed 'ecological thinning' is logging

Conservationists proposed 'ecological thinning' is logging | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
Conservationists say proposal for 'ecological thinning' will effectively allow logging in NSW State Forests.
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"Conservationists are dismissive of the 'ecological thinning' the Natural Resources Commission has recommended take place in the conservation areas of the Goonoo and Pilliga State Forests in New South Wales .

Campaigners from the Nature Conservation Council say that allowing any commercial logging into Nature Conservation Areas is taking an unacceptable risk with endangered species which live there.

Activist Karl Beckert is currently touring the Brigalow and Nandewar Community Conservation Area at the request of locally-based conservationists such as the Dubbo Field Naturalists.

He says the recommendations from the Natural Resources Commission are effectively proposing the area be opened up to commercial logging." (... cont')

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Northern rivers logging practices under scrutiny | Echonetdaily

Northern rivers logging practices under scrutiny | Echonetdaily | Australian Forests | Scoop.it

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"The NSW Environment Defenders Office is calling for tougher penalties for loggers breaching conditions in northern rivers forests.

The NSW Forestry Corporation received three fines of $300 each for logging koala habitat in Royal Camp state forest near Casino last year, outraging environmental groups.

The EDO said such fines failed to deter unlawful logging activities, and local residents now have their chance to have a say on how to improve the situation."

Parliamentary Inquiry into EPA after serious air and water pollution incidents

http://www.edonsw.org.au/parliamentary_inquiry_into_epa_after_serious_air_and_water_pollution_incidents

 

"Forestry

In 2013, the Forestry Corporation of NSW was issued three fines of $300 for unlawfully logging koala habitat in Royal Camp State Forest near Casino in the Northern Rivers region. Environment groups criticised this amount as inadequate, arguing that such small fines would not deter any future unlawful forestry activities. Forestry laws, unlike most environmental and planning laws, do not allow the community to bring civil enforcement proceedings if there is a breach of the law. It is up to the EPA, as the regulatory authority, to police breaches. The barriers to third party enforcement must be removed in the context of systemic breaches of forestry regulations and the failure of the relevant agencies to adequately enforce breaches of forestry regulations."

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Chops and chips hard to swallow for some Libs

Chops and chips hard to swallow for some Libs | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
EARLIER this month VicForests, the state government-owned entity that manages logging in the state’s native forests, celebrated its 10th birthday with a party.
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Time to end native forest logging.
Taxpayer funded forest destruction.

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Conservation groups withdraw from Baird Government’s flawed consultation on forestry operations

Conservation groups withdraw from Baird Government’s  flawed consultation on forestry operations | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW represents more than 120 community organisations with a combined membership of about 60,000 individuals. We are a force for positive change.
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"Forest conservation groups are threatening to withdraw from the Baird Government’s review of logging operations in the state’s coastal forests, claiming the consultation process is deeply flawed and the government has failed to engage as promised. [1]

The Nature Conservation Council (NCC), South East Region Conservation Alliance (SERCA), the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA), and the North Coast Environment Council (NCEC) wrote to Environment Minister Robert Stokes yesterday advising him they were withdrawing from the government’s review of Coastal Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs), vital controls that reduce impacts on soil, streams and threatened species during logging operations.

The government had agreed the conservation movement and the industry could appoint scientific experts to work on a draft Coastal IFOA with the Environment Protection Authority and the NSW Forestry Corporation. However, the EPA and NSW Forestry Corporation have been working alone on the draft, and the government has strictly limited the involvement of independent experts until after the agencies have decided what to do."

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Effects of stand age on fire severity

Effects of stand age on fire severity | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
Our new paper shows that the probability of crown fire in mountain forests under extreme weather conditions is greatest when trees are about 15 years old. This has implications for debates about ho...
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Forestry lobbies for Government investment in its future

Forestry lobbies for Government investment in its future | Australian Forests | Scoop.it
The Australian forestry industry is lobbying for government investment in research and development
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"The CSIRO Staff Association told ABC Rural it received formal advice from CSIRO management that up to 40 jobs in the ecosystem sciences division would be cut.

The unconfirmed reports include fears 33 forestry scientist jobs will be cut and has prompted a campaign by AFPA.
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Mr Hampton says Australia is likely to see its redundant CSIRO forestry scientists find work with overseas competitors.

“[They] will be going to Chile, to Vietnam, to China, to Canada, to New Zealand,” he says.

“These are places where they have decided that fibre and forestry will underpin the economic growth of those countries.”

“The rest of the world is backing forestry research and development, because they know … that’s where the world’s going."

Mr Hampton says the global demand for Australian timber, as a renewable resource, would increase and create opportunities for economic growth.

“There’s timber for construction, for example, and there’s going to be more construction in the world globally in the next 40 years than has taken place in human history.

“Plus all the other things that they’re discovering you can do with fibre, things like bio-plastics, bio-fuels … cars made from plastic; they could be made from trees.

“Research and development and innovation will be the way that we re-engage in this sector and that we re-empower this sector for the future.” "

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No logging in our Parks

No logging in our Parks | Australian Forests | Scoop.it

TAKE ACTION

NSW Premier Mike Baird must reject the proposal to allow logging operations in the Brigalow and Nandewar state conservation parks

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TAKE ACTION

NSW Premier Mike Baird must reject the proposal to allow logging operations in the Brigalow and Nandewar state conservation parks.

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23 June 2014 - "This week, Premier Baird was presented with a report by the NSW Natural Resources Commission recommending that logging operations be permitted in the Brigalow and Nandewar state conservation areas, and that the timber be sold to commercial sawmills.

This is, quite simply, unacceptable.

Logging has no place in the national park estate. In fact, it may be unlawful under national parks legislation. Outrageously, the Natural Resources Commission has recommended changing the law to prevent court action by conservationists.

We need your help.

Former Premier Barry O’Farrell badly misread public sentiment when he proposed to allow recreational hunting in national parks. Mike Baird must not repeat this mistake when it comes to logging in conservation areas.

Together, we can send a clear message to Premier Baird: “no logging in our parks!”