Tag Archives | Forestry

Burn the Woodchip Instead?

There is no campaign against the export of woodchip from Queensland’s native forests because all the forest ‘residue’ that could be turned into woodchip is burnt instead. I understand this was the outcome of the 1999 deal between the Queensland Government,Queensland Timber Board, Wilderness Society, Australian Rainforest Conservation Society and Queensland Conservation Council. That is, […]

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Timber Town Imports Timber

I was in Gympie yesterday. When I asked the origin of a pile of logs at a saw mill I gleaned the following story: There are over 3,000 wooden bridges on main roads in Queensland. These bridges are held up with wooden girders many of which are reaching the limit of their design life. Restrictions […]

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Clear Fell for Tall Trees

The Wilderness Society is no doubt celebrating the recent decision by Japanese paper mill Mitsubishi to only source woodchip from plantation forests. The end result, however, is likely to be fewer tall trees in Tasmania’s native forests. The tall wet sclerophyll forests that make Tasmania so special are not able to regenerate without some form […]

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Tall Trees

This is my first trip to Tassie. I have sat through speeches from the Prime Minister and Premier Paul Lennon and today watched a helicopter carrying Kim Beazley rise above the Tahune Forest Reserve. What I will probably remember most though,is the sheer size of the trees. I am still coming to grips with the […]

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Newest Tassie Forestry Deal

Yesterday the front page of Tasmania’s Examiner read “End of war in Tassie’s forests?”. Today it is “Policy cut down: Environment groups attack forestry plan.” The war was meant to end in 1997 with the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA). But the campaigning never stopped. In the deal signed on Friday between Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon […]

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Pilliga-Goonoo Lock-up Announced

The NSW Government has finally made a decision on the Pilliga-Goonoo forests and the decision is likely to decimate local timber communities. Click here (jpg 136kb) to see a picture of 24 Pilliga West State forest, one of the WCA so-called iconic areas. The decision to ban logging over a further 350,000 hectares will have […]

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Timber Communities & National Parks (Part 1.)

I live in a wooden house and I work off a wooden desk. I know trees re-grow and that Australia has one of the most productive and sustainable timber industries in the world. I know that I have more of an affinity with the timber communities that work native forests than with the companies that […]

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