Few people are aware of the massive scale of year-round logging occurring behind a thin veil of protected forest on the escarprnents overlooking the major tourist roads from Toolangi to Marysville, Alexandra and Eildon, only 100kilometres north east of Melbourne.
The Greater Gliders, officially classified as ‘vulnerable’ has suffered an 80% drop in population and will probably disappear altogether from the Rubicon if logging of post 39 ash forests continues at anything like its present rate. An unknown number died in the 2009 fires, including the family of gliders that lived for years in an old tree about 20 metres from our home, and who used to come crash-landing on our roof almost every night. See the story article about Greater Gliders in Friday’s Age.
Two excellent resources for visitors to (and residents in) Murrindindi in the Winter Guide for 2017:
- Rubicon Valley's Explosive Past - a brief overview of the Cerberean and Acheron calderas; and
- Rubicon's scenic, historical, ecological and cultural heritage.
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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.
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
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