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Dodgy Vic Government recycles old announcements and old-logged forest

The ALP’s 2006 election promise was to protect ‘the last significant stands of old growth planned for logging’. But environment groups say that most of what has recently been identified for protecton was either in existing protection zones, had already been logged or was degraded forest unwanted for logs or woodchips anyway.

For at least the third time, the Government today announced the new additions to the reserve system in East Gippsland. The ALP’s 2006 election promise was to protect ‘the last significant stands of old growth planned for logging’.

But environment groups say that most of what has been protected was either in existing protection zones, had already been logged or was degraded forest unwanted for logs or woodchips anyway.

“We’re pleased some areas of old growth have been put into National Park, but they account for only about one quarter to a third of what the state government is claiming has been saved from logging”, said Jill Redwood from Environment East Gippsland.

"The government is to be praised on its clever recycling of protected zones back into protected zones, and logged forest into National Park. It’s mostly been a creative game of swaps.”

“However the protection of Yalmy’s forests and Goolengook’s magnificent old growth and rainforest is very welcome, despite Goolengook’s heart having been logged out.”

“The areas have taken four years to be finalised, while DSE accommodated the logging industry’s demands over this election promise. Meanwhile thousands of hectares of old growth and mature forests were clearfelled in the interim. Like an extinct species, they will never return.”

“This includes forests at Brown Mountain, which had recognised old growth values and supported endangered wildlife. If the government didn’t consider Brown Mountain ‘significant old growth’ it shows how many other equally magnificent forests have been condemned to clearfelling.”

“The new parks announcement today is at least a start."

For comment: Jill Redwood (03) 5154 0145

Source: MEDIA RELEASE, "Government recycles announcements and logged forest,"Friday 1st October 2010

Jill Redwood,
Coordinator,
Environment East Gippsland Inc
(6800 Bonang Rd Goongerah)
Locked Bag 3,
ORBOST Vic 3888
www.eastgippsland.net.au

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VicForests has announced a net profit of almost $3.6 million for the last financial year. Chief executive David Pollard said the positive result was achieved through the "sustainable harvest of less than 0.1 per cent of Victoria’s native forests".
They also profited from Black Saturday fires by sourcing 929,000 cubic metres of timber from trees killed by the fires. The timber industry will be able to convert this wood into products worth $194 million. Wildlife would have benefited from these logs and hollows.
Nobody believes their statistics. They add to their figures areas that are not suitable for "harvest" anyway. Their vandalism of East Gippsland's old growth forests, hundreds of years old, and illegal ignorance of endangered species in the process, is their legacy. VicForest is an illustration of our Brumby government's disregard for natural heritage, environmental or community values, and their willingness to trade-off of long-term environmental integrity for the short-term benefits of $$$ dollars.

VicForests $3.6 mill in the black