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Victoria’s logged landscapes are at increased risk of bushfire

The Conversation, August 25, 2014

Victoria’s forest management policies need to be urgently reviewed in response to the discovery that logging can contribute to the severity of bushfires in wet forests, like the devastating fires on Black Saturday in February 2009.

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Chops and chips hard to swallow for some Libs

James Campbell, Herald Sun, August 14, 2014 

EARLIER this month VicForests. the state government-owned entity that manages logging in the state's native forests, celebrated its 10th birthday with a party.On the face of it the foresters had a lot to celebrate. In its first eight years, despite taking in hundreds of millions in revenue, VicForests made a profit of only $12.3 million and it hasn’t paid a dividend to its owners — the taxpayers — since 2007. Lately, however, the business seems to have turned the corner. In the financial year 2012-13 it made a profit of $802,000 on $106.3 million in revenue

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Logging contributed to the Black Saturday fires

ABC Radio National, Bush Telegraph, Wednesday 13 August 2014

Listen to or download this terrific interview with Dr Chris Taylor and Prof David Lindenmayer - here

A new controversial report into the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires says logging was partly to blame for the fires' intensity and severity, and the danger of more fires erupting in the same area will remain for decades.

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Logging can 'greatly increase' fire severity for 50 years, researchers say

774 ABC Melbourne, Aug 4, 2014

Logging practices can "greatly increase the severity of fires" in extreme weather conditions such as Black Saturday, Australian researchers have said.

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and Melbourne University examined hundreds of thousands of trees burnt in the 2009 bushfires in Victoria, which claimed the lives of 173 people on a day of extreme temperatures and high winds.

They found that the increased fire risk began about seven years after an area had been logged and lasted for another 50 years.

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A study has found logging in the decades prior to Black Saturday made the deadly blaze much more -extreme.

James Campbell, Herald Sun, August 3, 2014

THE heat and severity of Kinglake and Marysville fires that killed 159 people on Black Saturday was significantly increased by clear-fell logging of forests, scientists believe.

In a landmark two-year study of the Kilmore East and Murrindindi Mill fires, which destroyed Marysville and ­severely damaged Kinglake, scientists from Melbourne University and the ANU examined satellite images of hundreds of thousands of trees burnt on Black Saturday.

The scientists say the study showed conclusively that logging in the decades prior to Black Saturday made the deadly blaze much more ­extreme.

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The study is published in Conversation Letters - here 

Professor Lindenmayer was speaking about this on ABC Radio 774 this morning

Tree Talk

Published in Mountain Monthly, August 2014

In Tree Talk, March 2013, I wrote, “Kinglake residents and visitors will have noticed a large hole that appeared on the forested western face of Mount St Leonard last year.” I was referring to clear-felled logging coupe 297-547-0001, known as Leo’s Foot, which adjoins an earlier coupe called South End. The hole in the forested face of our landmark mountain is about to get bigger again – much bigger.

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Put a price on nature? We must stop this neoliberal road to ruin

George Monbiot, The Guardian

The failure of the markets hasn't stopped the rise of the gobbledygook-filled Nature Capital Agenda. 

This is the transcript of George Monbiot's SPERI Annual Lecture, hosted by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Sheffield.

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Great Letter in the Age

The Age Letters, July 21, 2014

Tree-led poll recovery

Judging by the polls, Dr Napthine is set to lose the state election. However, a tree-led recovery plan is bound to win back the hearts and minds of the good people of Victorians.

1. Stop logging the forests of Toolangi. This will save the habitat of the Leadbeater's possum, Victoria's endangered emblem.

2. Declare immediately the creation of the Great Forest National Park to provide a greater level of protection to the mountain ash forests, the tallest flowering plant in the world. A tourist opportunity is awaiting.

3. Stop the East West Link. It is estimated that more than 5000 trees will be destroyed in Royal Park if it goes ahead. That will bring deforestation on a grand scale to the inner city.

Susan Pepper, Northcote

Article in the July Mountain Monthly

The Mountain Monthly, July 2014

In a recent reply to an article in The Age, (Axe VicForests or chop off the public money) David Walsh, VicForests’ Manager of Corporate Communications, reeled off the usual porkies to justify his corporation’s existence.

It is a matter of public record, as Walsh knows, that VicForests hasn’t paid a cent in dividends in the past six years, yet he states, “we contribute financial dividends to the state from our profits”. Well, yes. But VicForests hasn’t been making profits and therefore hasn’t paid a dividend since 2007.

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Strawberry growers, farmers call on Victorian government to end native logging to protect water supply

ROB HARRIS, The Weekly Times, July 10, 2014

STRAWBERRY growers fear the Victorian industry could be crippled by native forest logging in a critical water catchment area.

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