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Chapter 11 Unlawful Logging

Unlawful logging in the Thomson catchment

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Summary

In the winter of 2006, coupe 353-501-0001 was logged. Part of this coupe falls within Thomson Water Catchment. The catchment is closed to logging operations between May 1st and November 30th as stipulated in Appendix R of the Central Highlands Forest Management Plan. In addition, the location of the coupe was not revealed in the Timber Release Plan issued by VicForests. The Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004 requires that the details of the location of logging to be included in the Timber Release Plans. This did not occur. As a result, the community was not adequately informed about VicForests’ and DSE’s intent to log an area of what scientists and the community regard as a significant site for water catchment and biodiversity. Therefore, in reference to the above, the logging of coupe 353-501-0001 was ‘unlawful’. This is covered in the following sections:

• Details of the Logging Operation (Section 11.2)

• Non-compliance with Forest Management Plans and Legislation (Section 11.3)

Unlawful logging in the Thomson catchment

close up coupe

 

Chapter 11.pdf download here

Summary

In the winter of 2006, coupe 353-501-0001 was logged. Part of this coupe falls within Thomson Water Catchment. The catchment is closed to logging operations between May 1st and November 30th as stipulated in Appendix R of the Central Highlands Forest Management Plan. In addition, the location of the coupe was not revealed in the Timber Release Plan issued by VicForests. The Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004 requires that the details of the location of logging to be included in the Timber Release Plans. This did not occur. As a result, the community was not adequately informed about VicForests’ and DSE’s intent to log an area of what scientists and the community regard as a significant site for water catchment and biodiversity. Therefore, in reference to the above, the logging of coupe 353-501-0001 was ‘unlawful’. This is covered in the following sections:

• Details of the Logging Operation (Section 11.2)

• Non-compliance with Forest Management Plans and Legislation (Section 11.3)

Baw Baw Report Chapter 11 Unlawful