Chapter 9 Rainforest

Rainforests

rainforest river

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Summary

The issue of rainforest conservation has been the centre of intense environmental debate for several decades. The escarpments of Mount Baw Baw contain several Rainforest Sites of Significance and these have been impacted by forestry operations, especially in the construction of the South Face Road. This chapter provides an overview of the issues and the impacts of forest management on rainforest sites throughout the Mount Baw Baw area in the following:

• By providing recognised definitions of Rainforest (Section 9.2)

• Listing Rainforest Sites of Significance around Mount Baw Baw (Section 9.3)

• Describing inconsistencies between scientific surveys and the Central Highlands Forest Management Plan listing Rainforest Sites of Significance (Section 9.4)

• Rainforest Sites of Significance and the Impacts of road construction and Logging (Section 9.5)

• The impacts of Logging Cool Temperate Mixed Rainforest (Section 9.6)

The construction of the South Face Road has resulted in the degradation of a Rainforest Site of State Significance through the permanent removal of a section of the stand. The infection of the fatal pathogen ‘Myrtle Wilt’ in the forest following the intrusion significantly furthered the degradation. In addition, the extensive clearfelling of Cool Temperate Mixed Rainforest has also changed the floristics' of the region. These rainforest communities provide important habitat and refuge for the Baw Baw Frog.

Rainforests

rainforest river

Chapter 9.pdf-download here

Summary

The issue of rainforest conservation has been the centre of intense environmental debate for several decades. The escarpments of Mount Baw Baw contain several Rainforest Sites of Significance and these have been impacted by forestry operations, especially in the construction of the South Face Road. This chapter provides an overview of the issues and the impacts of forest management on rainforest sites throughout the Mount Baw Baw area in the following:

• By providing recognised definitions of Rainforest (Section 9.2)

• Listing Rainforest Sites of Significance around Mount Baw Baw (Section 9.3)

• Describing inconsistencies between scientific surveys and the Central Highlands Forest Management Plan listing Rainforest Sites of Significance (Section 9.4)

• Rainforest Sites of Significance and the Impacts of road construction and Logging (Section 9.5)

• The impacts of Logging Cool Temperate Mixed Rainforest (Section 9.6)

The construction of the South Face Road has resulted in the degradation of a Rainforest Site of State Significance through the permanent removal of a section of the stand. The infection of the fatal pathogen ‘Myrtle Wilt’ in the forest following the intrusion significantly furthered the degradation. In addition, the extensive clearfelling of Cool Temperate Mixed Rainforest has also changed the floristics' of the region. These rainforest communities provide important habitat and refuge for the Baw Baw Frog.