Saturday, July 17, 2010

our disappearing forests community forum in warburton

Our disappearing forests...

why saving our forests means securing our future

A Community Forum with guest speakers and presenters,

sponsored by Warburton Environment


This forum is an opportunity for our local community to hear and be informed about what is happening and being planned for logging in our Central Highlands native forests from a range of perspectives, and what are the consequences for our community, our environment and our future industries.

Invited speakers include representatives from environmental groups, The Shire of Yarra Ranges, all major political parties and forest industry representatives.

Confirmed presenters include Steve Meacher (MC- Chairman Healesville Environment Watch), Christian Nielsen (Warburton Environment), Sarah Rees and Adam Menary (My Environment,) Samantha Dunn (Shire of Yarra Ranges, The Greens), Bernie Mace (Friends of Mt St Leonard) and Chris Taylor (architect).

Questions to be addressed include "should our native forests be logged for wood chips" and "what are the consequences of clear fell logging in the Central Highlands forests and Melbourne's water catchments?" How does this contribute to climate change, species extinction, carbon reduction and water conservation? What is the future for local industries, including tourism, logging and sustainable businesses?

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At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are the industry and government representatives - this is not a forum its a witch hunt.
How is logging a threat to our catchments?
The black saturday fires burnt the entire Wallaby Creek and O'Shannasy Catchments in 1 day, 2 of the largest areas of Old Growth in the Central Highlands.
Logging is confined to small areas in post 1900 forest!
Your emotions and Rhetoric may be good for catching green votes, but have nothing to do with science, fact and reality.
This is another not in my backyard approach, not a real solution - you by driving this politics will be increasing tropical deforestation!

At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samantha, instead of wasting ratepayers money with your do-gooder antics which have absolutely no benefit to either the community or the environment, and sticking your nose into areas outside your jurisdiction, stick to trying to fine people for using shire facilities that THEY pay for. Election to council does not give you the right to promote personal vendettas. You are a servant of the public not some left wing crusader!!!!

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yet another ridiculous letter to the local paper!
Where are these mythical plantations that the timber industry can transition into? Australia has a net deficit for timber import/export, if these plantations existed how come they arent being sold into the local market so we dont have to import illegaly logged rainforest timber?
You are a moron.
How do the greens propose to pay for the transition from native forest logging into these imaginary plantations? Pull it out of the same imaginary pot through which you will fund the shut down of coal powerplants or uranium mining? You cant spend money you havent got - ever heard of a country called Greece?
No wonder Yarra Ranges Shire is so useless, it is run by idiotic airheads like you!

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on you Councillor Samantha Dunn for standing up for the majority of the community who have to pay for the clearfell logging of our forests. With most logging going to woodchips, the majority of native forest logging can come from Victoria's vast plantation estate. One inconvenient fact that the native forest woodchip lobby seems to forget is that plantations provide many more jobs per cubic meter than native forests. As a councillor responsible to the entire community, including those of us who benefit from intact forests for water, carbon, farming, tourism, wildife and aesthetic values, you are doing a great job. Keep it up.

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets stop the lies.
Clearfelling our Thomson water catchment as currently occurs every year, drastically reduces our total water supply.
The State Govt logs 5 of Melbournes 11 catchments. The Thomson is clearfelled in its highest rainfall area, 80% for woodchip exports the rest for Reflex paper. 2/3rds of the trees felled are dozed into piles and burnt. Creeks are destroyed, habitat removed for good, weed invasion promoted, and what was once a diverse damp wet sclerophyl forest is turned into a mono-culture plantation rerady for harvest in another 40 years.
Just look at the Thomson catchment photos on and youll see the real story.
The only people who support clearfelling our Thomson catchment have vested financial interest in woodchip exporting.

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes lets stop the green lies, it is law in Victoria to regenerate a logged coupe with exactly the same tree species that were harvested. All streams are protected by buffers of unlogged forest which filter water before it enters the stream.
Fire is the real threat to our catchments, an inconvenient truth for tree huggers.
Where is the data to back up the more jobs per cubic metre in plantations argument? Plantation harvesting is more mechanised than native forest operations - typical green lies.

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Quilter said...

If only logging could be confined to small areas in post 1960 forest - a rolling 50-year period - it might not be so disastrous. I am glad to have Samantha Dunn as councillor for the Lyster Ward. I voted for her before and will again, if she doesn't get into the Senate.

Instead of importing or exporting wood and wood products we need to do a better job of preserving and recycling the remnants of our past. Buy more 2nd-hand items and fewer cheap imports. My previous house had floor-boards that came from the demolition of another building.

Paper should be recycled, or from plantations. I cannot understand why we would ever log old-growth forest for wood-chips? If that isn't a crime in the legal code, it should be.


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