Thursday, April 23, 2009

Brown Mountain logging finished in this seasons first coupe

The first 20 hectare “coupe” of this season’s logging allocation in Brown Mountain was completed on 22 April 2009. The destruction includes the felling of more trees 600 to 800 years old.

The tree that was radiocarbon dated was 10 metres in girth. Some trees logged have a 12 metre girth - by extrapolation they would be 800 years old.

Here are some photos of the catastrophic effects of this logging.

The stump of another tree over 600 years old

There are two more 20 hectare coupes remaining. The officer of Environment Minister Gavin Jennings apparently now has the DSE report about threatened species and is considering what to do. It is not clear whether this document will be released to the public, or whether the remaining areas of Brown Mountain forest will be protected.

More photos and more information: Brown Mountain old growth forest, Greenlivingpedia

If you have the time, write a letter or email to:
Ask them to protect Brown Mountain and the remainder of Victoria's old growth forests still allocated and available for logging.


Helen said...

Since discussing this on a thread at LP a couple of months ago I sent a letter to my local member (Wade Noonan) asking when the report was to be released. He replied saying just that he had forwarded my request to Gavin Jennings, since then I've heard nothing. Google doesn't bring up much. Time to write again?

Peter Campbell said...

I too have written a letter to Gavin Jennings asking what is going on about the report and whether he can provide me with a copy. No answer yet, so perhaps it is time to write again.