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DSE Investigation - Big Kahuna

An investigation by the DSE into logging of ecologically mature forests

Ethical Paper briefing Paper SoYR

A briefing paper for the Shire of Yarra Ranges Council to help inform on the motion, put by Cr Jim Child, to drop commitment to the ethical paper pledge.

McMahons

The logging of Melbourne's drinking water supply for Reflex paper

Forest Industry Snapshot

Shire of Yarra Ranges economic and industry snapshot of logging.

Minister Walsh Reflex Paper letter

A letter from Minister Walsh threatening the Council that the government would withdraw economic opportunity for the Yarra Ranges Region if the Council does not backdown on Reflex pledge. So they did. Today Reflex is back in the Council Chambers after 7 years of no usage.

MyEnvironment FSC Timber Excellence Award

2012-12-03 09.46.20 pm

MyEnvironment Inc.’s Director Sarah Rees accepted the timber industry award, along with Dr. Chris Taylor of Melbourne University, for constructive engagement in the development of the Forest and Stewardship Council of Australia’s wood Standard. Luke Chamberlain of the Wilderness Society and Adam Menary of MyEnvironment were also recipients of the award.

Across the evening other recipients of the FSC excellence awards included Kimberly Clark. Zoo’s Victoria were also nominees for best campaign award.

“The engagement award was for our commitment to strengthening the standard by way of gap analysis’ and driving a national risk assessment. To make a standard for wood really good, you need to make it robust.”

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DSE Goulburn Broken RFA survey

DSE Report - Persistance of owls & arboreal mammals after severe wildfire in the Goulburn Broken catchment 

An unpublished study revealing the demise of top order predators and hollow dependant mammals in the Goulburn Broken catchment.

Conversion of Central Highlands 2

A document recording the conversion of old growth in the Central Highlands to regrowth for pulp wood. This wood was given to Australian Paper.

Conversion of Central Highlands document 1

Record of successive governments conversion of old growth forests of the Central Highlands to regrowth. Wood primarily sent to Australian Paper.

Letter from Tony Burke

A letter to a constituent from Tony Burke to Tony Windsor on matters relating to Leadbeater's and Mt St Leonard.

Windsor.pdf (158.78 kB)

POLICY PERSPECTIVES A major shift to the retention approach for forestry can help resolve some global forest sustainability issues

Approximately 85% of the global forest estate is neither formally protected nor in areas dedicated to intensive wood production (e.g., plantations). Given the spatial extent of unprotected forests, finding management approaches that will sustain their multiple environmental, economic, and cultural values and prevent their conversion to other uses is imperative. The major global challenge of native forest management is further demonstrated by ongoing steep declines in forest biodiversity and carbon stocks. Here, we suggest that an essential part of such management—supplementing the protection of large reserves and sensitive areas within forest landscapes (e.g., aquatic features)—is the adoption of the retention approach in forests where logging occurs. This ecological approach to harvesting provides for permanent retention of important selected structures (e.g., trees and decayed logs) to provide for continuity of ecosystem structure, function, and species composition in the post harvest forest. The retention approach supports the integration of environmental, economic, and cultural values and is broadly applicable to tropical, temperate, and boreal forests, adaptable to different management objectives, and appropriate in different societal settings. The widespread adoption of the retention approach would be one of the most significant changes in management practice since the onset of modern high-yield forestry.