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Salvage logging has started - what are the environmental effects?

The salvage logging/green logging is an industry practice following fire events – on top of current allocations they go into burnt-out forest and clear-fell with no A grade logs and 50-80% going to wood chip. The animals that have lost their source of food also lose their homes and future homes.

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The salvage logging/green logging is an industry practice following fire events – on top of current allocations they go into burnt-out forest and clear-fell with no A grade logs and 50-80% going to wood chip. The animals that have lost their source of food also lose their homes and future homes.

It is important to note that salvage logging has no effect on reducing effect of current logging practices

Another big problem is that the government usually hands out money for the industry to do the salvage logging - $22 million in 2007 for 2008/09 (i.e. they gave the same to the CFA and in Warburton, that resulted in a bit of new carpet in the office!) and all of the mills that have been paid to get out of the industry, start up again to handle the new glut and then they all want more resources to keep going once its all finished.

Finally all of those salvage logged areas are clear-felled and re-planted to make new regenerating forests which starts the cycle of robbing water, drying the ground and increasing fire fuel load from intensive regenerating forests.

Vic Forests Commences Salvage logging Media Release

This is a media release announcing VicForests commencement of its Salvage Logging Program. Read More

Discussion regarding salvage logging and environmental effects

A number of environmental scientists and experts have argued that Salvage Logging can have significant negative environmental impacts over conventional logging as the forest is in an extremely fragile state of recovery and that the occurrence of a major artificial disturbance following a wildfire can be highly problematic in its disturbance cycle. Read More