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A Drive through the Tarkine

ONCE AGAIN WE see the foresight of our Logging industry in action. They go into forests of massive eucalypts and myrtle trees and clearfell them so that they can do what? Grow new ones of course. As you can see a large proportion of these “Habitat” trees were smashed up with heavy machinery and are ready to be burnt.

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The waste is enormous. Surely if this industry is sustainable they should have enough clearfelled land by now to see us through.

But of course it is not sustainable. At the moment FT are logging our Eucalypt Production areas at an incredibly short rotation of 48 years.

Yep they have 591,500 ha of eucalypt production forest and they logged 12,400 ha last year and a similar amount every year before that.

So all we have to look forward to is tiny little sawlogs coming online. Not much hope of ever replacing the tree that my friend is standing on.

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Don’t worry about fine timber users. Much of this coupe was Tiger grain Myrtle. (Waste)

This coupe had heaps of lovely old myrtle trees, massive eucalypt trees with plenty of nesting hollows.(don’t worry about the AFS requirement to preserve nesting trees) and many other diverse understory species. We will most likely get a lovely hot burn then it will be seeded so thickly with eucalypt trees that no rainforest will be seen here again.

Well like the old adage goes, “if you go down to the woods today you better be in for a surprise”.

Sorry must have read that old nursery rhyme a bit wrong.

See the download for more pictures of this lovely tourist area:

Arthur_River_Forest_Drive_HCV.pdf

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. William Boeder

    March 23, 2010 at 2:22 am

    #6 Correction to Hohn Hayward, (typo)
    John Hayward has a far better resonance!

  2. William Boeder

    March 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    1# Hohn Hayward.
    Your comments here ring ever so true.
    The asset value of our standing Ancient Forests have not [to the best my own knowledge.] been identified in a monetary value perspective as assets having a nominal value amount.

    Yet soon after, such as these areas of Clear-fell Ancient Forest, are seen to be ‘acquired’ by the likes of Forestry Tasmania, Gunns Ltd, or whoever has been contracted the right to clear-fell.

    So what now occurs to this previously public forested land?
    As has been reported in many instances, of the value of either and other such tracts of now forestry controlled Tasmanian land, that soon thereafter we read that this land is soon to be known as plantation assets, immediately after the clearances of said forest has been replaced with plantation seedlings.
    How long has this practice of assumed ownership thus the now newly listed accountable asset value been allowed to go on for?
    Both Gunns Ltd and forestry Tasmania lay claim to vast realms of Tasmanian land,now is this being leased in some sort of disproportionate manner,
    or what are the mechanisms that allow for this transfer of so much public owned land?

    Are their readers out there in Tasmania whom could give some illumination to this vexing and contentious subject?

  3. Ben C

    March 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    It’s a terrible shame there isn’t the focus on direct activism in the Tarkine. I guess because it’s so far from Hobart, and so many people think it’s protected. They’re still out there clearfelling forest of a similar value to the Weld and Florentine around there. Look at what they’re doing in the ‘V’ formed by the Frankland and Arthur rivers to name one area and they have the audacity to call people who want to protect this terrorists.

  4. Concerned Resident

    March 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I agree Jack Nimble…This is a disgrace!!!

  5. Jack Nimble

    March 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

    The bastards responsible for this unbelievable destruction should be tarred and feathered.

  6. john hayward

    March 22, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Godfrey still doesn’t get the concept of “brand”. Tassie logging has what is probably the lowest rate of forestry value recovery in the world once subsidies are factored.

    Despite this, they are still aiming to improve, branching into even less productive and more destructive areas such as power generation.

    They aren’t total nihilists, however, since the areas they flatten and convert can be passed on to mates in joint ventures or “land swaps” at little or no cost to the receiver.

    Godfrey has a quaint habit of seeing the bush from the perspective of the creatures who live in it, or from the equally helpless public who nominally own it, rather than from those of the happy souls in the Tas Inc tent.

    John Hayward

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