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The Sheahans and Mitchell Shire Council - Fire-breakers or law-breakers?

Andrew Bolt's story, "Green rules, black forests" is one of many mainstream media sources to keep alive the legend of the brave Sheehans' fight for justice and safety against their philistine greenie neighbours. But there is even more to that story than the press have so-far published. Read on...

Woodchip cargos drifting offshore without buyers

Just in via the bush telegraph, more on woodchip sales downturnLast week there were TWO woodchip carriers moored just off the south head of Twofold Bay (site of chipmill) for several days before one departed without loading any chips. The other is still there and has not loaded any chips. The talk around Eden was that as many as FIVE chip carriers might be expected there, all at once.

The reason is: it is cheaper to park a boat there (avoiding port fees) than sail around aimlessly hoping that someone will buy some woodchips needing shipping.

Gunns woodchip mills drastically downsize production

Guns' mills are faltering. The Japanese company, Nippon, has just bought the Latrobe Valley's Paperlinx factory, at a time of major downturn in woodchip prices. It seems like a very risky purchase - even if they got it dirt cheap. But is this a buyers' market or a fire-sale?

Victorian Bush-fires: ABC 7.30 Report ignores facts, creates scapegoats

Bodies are still being found, the Royal Commission still has no terms of reference and yet the ABC is pointing the finger at the environment movement and the Greens! Friday night's 7.30 Report failed to show that the most 'managed' forests were the worst hit, instead giving the opposite, wrong impression and blaming 'greens'.

From a Victorian bush-fire correspondent:

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Anyone with knowledge of the areas affected most by the fires who heard the 7.30 report on fire Friday night (13 Feb '09) would have to be on blood pressure medication now.

Responding to incorrect fire information by joining the debate

Entering the bushfire debate can be a useful, educational experience. These fires provide a great opportunity for conservation advancement. We must challenge the misinformation from the mainstream media. (Article by Paul.)

Comments on recent fire-management in bush-fire areas

This is a short sharp account of the various kinds of forests affected in the fires, locations, their prior fire management, and the impact of this. It concludes succinctly with observations about disturbed landscapes.

Wildlife also bleed, also feel, also lost their homes

Animal rescuers are digging into their own pockets to feed the many injured wildlife who are being brought out to them in droves by CFA workers and others from the burned forests. The fire-fighters and other rescue workers rely on Help for Wildlife, which receives buggar-all from the Victorian Government, and needs all the help that you can give. Please don't give up on your fellow travellers.
Help for Wildlife: Ph 0417 380 687 Nigel's Animal Rescue: Ph 0427 533 083 You can use your credit card.

Greens, logging, forest fires and malaria

Just got another email about who's supposedly to blame for the forest fires. Looks to me like the mainstream press is out to stir people up again and put them off voting for Greens or defending forests and wildlife. The latest email even accused 'Greens' of causing deaths from malaria by saying that DDT is bad. These 'anti-greens' never get it right, do they? Malaria is exacerbated by clearing forests, which they are in favour of...

Wildlife response team need food & donations for fuel- Kinglake/Healesville

Help for Wildlife Response team need feed such as hay to provide food for starving wildlife and donations for fuel to carry out the extensive search and rescue needed to help these animals. Then they need donations and medical supplies for the months of future care required by those wallabies, kangaroos and other native animals that have survived these terrible fires.
Help for Wildlife: Ph 0417 380 687 Nigel's Animal Rescue: Ph 0427 533 083

Brown Mountain Rape

Stuff the precautionary Principle- it might get in the way!
Longitude: 148.74495E Latitude: 37.26S. East Gippsland Victoria Australia-
The logging of old growth forest at Brown Mountain has been precipitate and swift. Few Victorians would be aware of the destruction which has occurred over the past few weeks in forest wild life habitat.

President Bush's "midnight" raid on Oregon's forests thwarted

Ecological Internet reports that Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has blocked ecological criminal President George W Bush's last minute plans to sharply increase logging on 2.2 million acres of forests in Western Oregon.

See original article: "Oregon's Governor Stymies Bush's 'Midnight' Forest Raid" on forests.org.
See also: Oregon governor objects to Bureau of Land Management logging plan in Capital Press of 11 Dec 08.
What you can do: Give generously to forests.org and other Ecological Internet projects to help them achieve more such wins for the environment.

The battle for Brown Mountain is on

In 1995, when John Brumby was in opposition, he made a very stirring speech at a forest rally in Melbourne. "... that's what we'll do when we're in government - no more export woodchipping, an industry in the future based on plantations and the proper protection of our high conservation value forests." Unfortunately, it was not true.

Victorian Government now logging last significant stands of old-growth forests

The Wilderness Society has reported that Brown Mountain (old growth forest in East Gippsland) is being logged right now for woodchips to be exported to Japan - the bulldozers moved in last week.

See also: NSW and Victorian Governments accused of having colluded to start controversial logging operations at exactly the same time in "Forest protests limited" in the Bega District News of 28 Oct 08.

Old-growth carbon findings cause forest protection schism

Earth's Newsdesk argues that major environmental groups like Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network should fight to prevent any further logging of ancient old-growth forests rather than focussing merely on establishing a few protected areas, given recent reports which show that these forests have a far greater potential to prevent global warming than had been previously realised.

Discuss this article : forests.org/blog/2008/09/feature-old-growth-carbon-find.asp

FOREST/CLIMATE ALERT! Final push needed to save Tasmania's ancient forests from woodchippers

Gunns of Australia's controversial plans to build a huge pulp mill to make disposable consumer items largely from clearfelling ancients forests is close to failing, let us together make a final decisive push to warn off potential investors and environmental approvals and achieve its permanent withdrawal.

See also: Wielangta Forest is about to be logged to make paper in Japan.

Take action now, Discuss this alert.

Rainforest Action Network sells-out Canadian Boreal forests

Rainforest Action Network (ran.org) greenwashes destruction of half of Ontario, Canada's boreal forests; despite lack of any detail regarding vague promised protections, and without scientific findings that doing so is ecologically sufficient.

Originally published on 28 Aug 08 on forests.org.

Australian aid to preserve overseas rainforests does not absolve it from domestic rainforest destruction

Australia's show of concern for forests in the Asia Pacific region, whilst welcomed by Ecological Internet is in stark contrast to its domestic tolerance of the destruction of ancient primary forests.

Originally published on www.rainforestportal.org on 21 August 2008.

Wielangta Forest is about to be logged to make paper in Japan

Worldwide, deforestation is the single biggest cause of extinction, Excluding forests from biodiversity protection is a contradiction in terms, Environmental Protection Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

Is Garrett a dud? CSIRO pulp mill report on Gunns and other disappointments


Enviro Minister Peter Garrett confirms his department refuses Senator Milne's request for release of CSIRO report relating to Gunns’ Pulp Mill project, but that's not all that people are complaining about

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