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A history of hubris – Cautionary lessons in ecologically sustainable forest management

Logging is one of the most important forms of native-forest exploitation and can have substantial impacts on biodiversity and key ecosystem services. Here we briefly contrast logging operations in temperate and tropical forests and then highlight several challenges for understanding the ecological impacts of logging. Here we briefly contrast logging operations in temperate and tropical forests and then highlight several challenges for understanding the ecological impacts of logging. We argue that many logging studies are conducted at small spatial scales or over inadequate time periods, and are biased against finding significant negative impacts. This is because of confounding environmental differences between logged and unlogged forests as well as the prolonged nature of forest stand development. Human perceptions of logging also can be biased by the ‘shifting baseline’ phenomenon, and by an incorrect perception that logging operations approximate natural disturbance regimes. We argue that the ecological impacts of logging can be more challenging to detect than is often appreciated, and that forest managers and decision-makers should be cautious when weighing the arguments of prolonging lobbies.

Logging Mt Saint Leonard

A summary of concerns against the logging of the Yarra Ranges icon Mount Saint Leonard.

Council Minutes

The Minutes from the Shire of Yarra Ranges objection to logging Mt St Leonard and sights of significance.

VicForests Corporate Intent

A summary paper from VicForests website on the company and its corporate intent.

Reflex Change

This is a short summary prepared to explain why current logging practices are unethical and why REFLEX copy paper wood sources need to change.

Thinning

A document containing fire risk from thinning and request to log wildlife corridor

DSE Old Growth Calculation

A summary from DSE calculating the last ash forest old growth in the Central Highlands

RFA Statement

This is the Commonwealth obligation on environment in the RFA for the Central Highlands.