Victoria’s forests are not magic puddings - VNPA, March 2017

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.

Invitation: Mountains, Forests and River Ecology Tour, May 6, 2017

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.

Heyfield timber mill: Time to face forest facts

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.