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Day 7 - MyEnvironment v VicForests Transcript Tuesday 14 02 2012

This morning saw the continuation of Lachlan Spencer's cross examination by Ms Walker (for My Environment). Mr Spencer insisted that VicForests did not intend to conduct a regeneration burn at Gun Barrel coupe (if logging was allowed to proceed), but had to concede that the decision not to do so was not taken until November 2011, when this litigation was already under way. He also expressed surprise that VicForests intended to log 31 ha. (net) of South Col coupe, although the figures quoted in his affidavit were based on projected yield from that area. 

Cross examination and re-examination were completed quite quickly after lunch. Then Michael Ryan, VicForests' Field Scientist took the stand. His evidence-in-chief was quite brief, mostly concerned with looking at photographs of trees in Gun Barrel coupe. He introduced a number of novel tree categories including "advanced regrowth" and "very mature". More puzzling terms used were "strict trees" and "grey trees".