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Alleged Breach 207 Logging of Leadbeaters Zone 1A Habitat

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breach 207 tree logged zone 1a

This is the story of the Possum habitat to Paper supply chain. Government Ministers are ducking and weaving, Government Business Enterprises are denying any wrong doing, audit bodies are  awarding AFS certification.  MyEnvironment Inc believe that it is the responsibility of the industries that source this wood as raw material to conduct proper due diligence on their suppliers.

Current Status = Under Investigation by DSE

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Alleged Breach #0207 Logging of Leadbeaters Zone 1A Habitat

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breach 207 tree logged zone 1a

This is the story of the Possum habitat to Paper supply chain. Government Ministers are ducking and weaving, Government Business Enterprises are denying any wrong doing, audit bodies are  awarding AFS certification.  MyEnvironment Inc believe that it is the responsibility of the industries that source this wood as raw material to conduct proper due diligence on their suppliers.

Current Status = Under Investigation by DSE as of 15/12/2012

VicForests allegedly log zone 1A leadbeaters habitat

Leadbeaters Zone 1a habitat logged April 2010 - VicForests still deny these trees exist

Post Logging Survey

Conclusions

The study area is adjacent to a Special Protection Zone for the Leadbeater’s Possum and other species and contained a mixture of regrowth, early mature and mature Mountain Ash trees.

The study area is in the know range of the Leadbeater’s Possum species and shows features of the habitat.

Within the study are there are more than 12 living habitat trees per 3 hectares in patches greater than 3 hectares.

Also the understorey contains a dense vegetation of Acacia ssp.

Prior to logging, the study area represented Zone 1a habitat for the Leadbeater’s Possum species as described in the Forest Management Plan.

Due to the logging operation in the study area, habitat trees and understorey foraging habitat of the Leadbeater’s Possum has been adversely affected.

You can download a copy of the post logging survey here;

         

Details of Alleged Breach

Coupe Address Scheduled year of Harvest Gross Coup Area (ha) Silviculture  system Stand Description
298-874-0003 2009-2010 33.1 Clearfelling Mountain Ash pre-1950

MyEnvironment Inc have been communicating with the Liberal party for the necessary reforms to see native forests and biodiversity protected, rural jobs increased and a huge financial bounty in the carbon and water values of these forests.

The Central Highlands Forest Management Plan 1998, Section 3.2 Species and Genetic Diversity, Management of threatened fauna, Leadbeaters Possum states that’

Species known, or suspected, to be at risk of extinction require greatest attention in the development of management actions and prescriptions. Effective management for such species requires prediction of and control over the types of environmental changes that threaten populations. This requires detailed knowledge of the ecology of individuals and populations and an understanding of the nature of threatening processes. As knowledge of the ecology and threatening processes is incomplete, the management strategies outlined in this plan are conservative and may be subject to review as knowledge increases.

 

leadbeaters habitat clasification

 

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The Australian Forestry Standard, AS 4708—2007 Section 4.3.3 states;

4.3.3 The forest manager shall implement practices to support the protection and maintenance of Significant Biological Diversity Values likely to be affected by forest operations.

Planning and implementation of forest operations shall be consistent with those specified in recovery/action plans or equivalent instruments and prescriptions for management and conservation of threatened (including vulnerable, rare or.endangered) species and ecological communities developed under Commonwealth, State and Territory legislative processes.Where management practices are being developed for new identifications and listings of threatened (including vulnerable, rare or endangered) species and ecological communities, the forest manager shall minimise adverse impacts by ensuring the  planning and implementation of forest operations follows recognised interim guidelines and takes account of known information and relevant specialist advice.

However according to the attached study Zone 1A habitat was;

1. Suggested by VicForests as a suitable area to log

2. Approved by DSE as Suitable area to log

3. Marked out by VicForests as a suitable area to log

4. Not identified as Leadbeaters habitat during the logging operation

5. Logged by the contractor under supervision of VicForests

Undertaking Sought: 

That the alleged breach be investigated and findings be reported back with suitable documentation and evidence supporting the findings within two weeks

Accountability

 

Hon. Minister Helper has directed all correspondence to the Director for Forests Dr Peter Appleford.  We have taken Dr Appleford on a tour of the alleged breaches and he has asked the compliance section of the DSE to investigate further.

 

A meeting with Minister Jennings revealed that despite being accountable for the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) who approved the proposal by VicForests to log alleged Zone 1A habitat he does not consider it his responsibility.The shadow environment minister Mary Wooldridge came on a tour to see the alleged breaches first hand and was unceremoniously run off the National Trail by a log truck. According to Melissa Fyfe in the Age September 12 "Opposition environment spokeswoman Mary Wooldridge said the Coalition supported a vibrant logging industry. She said the party believed it was not possible for native forest logging operations to move entirely into plantations because there were simply not enough plantations to support the industry."MyEnvironment Inc have been communicating with the Liberal party for the necessary reforms to see native forests and biodiversity protected, rural jobs increased and a huge financial bounty in the carbon and water values of these forests.We have had meetings with MP Ben Hardman who has forwarded letters to MinistersMyEnvironment Inc have been communicating with the Liberal party for the necessary reforms to see native forests and biodiversity protected, rural jobs increased and a huge financial bounty in the carbon, tourism and water values of these forests.

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