Matt Ruchel, member of the Forest Industry Task Force and executive director of the Victorian National Parks Association, explains why sawmills and the pulp and paper industry don’t understand how forests work.
Forests are living ecosystems, not magic puddings, and cannot supply something that doesn’t exist.
The recent declaration by VicForests, the state government’s logging agency, that there is insufficient wood to supply Gippsland sawmills, is hardly surprising – the writing has been on the wall for decades, made worse by the Black Saturday fires.
Rubicon Forest Protection Group is pleased to announce our forthcoming Mountain Forest & River Ecology Tour.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Car convoy plus short walks
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
A chance to discover what is so special about the mountain forests and streams for Leadbeater’s Possum, Sooty Owl, Barred Galaxias and other wildlife.
Also enjoy a scenic drive through the tall mountain forests of Rubicon State Forest and delve into the fascinating history, culture and ecology of the area.
THE people of the Latrobe Valley are right to be dismayed by the looming fate of the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods mill at Heyfield.
Gippsland has long been the centre of the hardwood timber industry in Victoria, and the hardwood timber industry has long played a major part in Gippsland’s development and in its prosperity.
The jobs that the ASH mill and the value-added downstream industries provide are a huge asset in farming communities subject to the vagaries of world markets and of the weather.
The closure of Hazelwood makes such jobs even more valuable.
ABC News (2 Mar 2017) by Stephanie Anderson
The Rubicon Forest Protection Group hosted a very successful familiarisation walk through the Rubicon Valley Historic Area to the Rubicon Dam on Saturday 25 February 2017.
See item in Red Gate News, 1 March 2017
Media Release by Ken Deacon, Convenor of Rubicon Forest Protection Group - 16 March 2017
Jill Sanguinetti remembers Black Saturday (The Age, Jan 13, 2017):
"We did not know it was coming until a spot fire blazed red a hundred metres away. Flames crackled through wattle and blackberry thickets; gum trees exploded with a woomph; and a dog and a black mountain possum dashed towards us in terror."
Full piece here
In a new hard hitting research report the RFPG has outlined the key threats facing the ash forests of the Central Highlands: overcutting, code breaches, fire risk, water yield, and destruction of tourism assets.
Read full report (10 March 2017) here.