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Has the Forestry Industry Really Moved on? (2)

The commentary from Peter HERE: Has the forestry industry really moved on? may be from 2006 but let me assure you from personal experience nothing has changed, FT has learnt zero despite their trumpeting of sustainable and ecological expertise in all forms of public material.

Their environmental practices are still the same (worse?) as evidenced below, all of which is endorsed by the sycophantic CFPO and by inference, the Minister for Forests.

This is but a portion of one of a series of four EWTT’s (Expansive With The Truth) and two HTT’s (Hiding the Truths) emails sent in late 2011 to the CFPO and copied to FT etc.

The answer from the CFPO was predictable e.g “there is no evidence of any breach of the FPP or the FPCode” . Read at FT/RTI/Powell/BA388D..and make your own decision; it’s all there

The supposed drainage drains frrm Coupe BA 388D, of which there are at least five in a 400 metre distance along the logging access road cut in July 2010, are now deeper, wider due to erosion etc, and continue to ultimately pour silt into the upper reaches of the Liffey River above the Liffey Falls WHA.

My teenage childern would say DUH!

Has FT learnt? = NO, and thank you Peter for giving me a point of reference!

• Expansive With The Truth (EWTT) – Volume 2‏

From: John Powell (powelljl@hotmail.com)
Sent: Wednesday, 3 November 2010 5:42:31 PM
To: FPA, FT, and Gunn’s

Wet Conditions (working in):

This a classic. No comment on it by [a member of the FPA] et al in theirreport but the FPP quite clearly states that “In damp or wet conditions, avoid using machinery or trucks on the new formation”.

I understand the machinery was on the coupe from circa 1 July to 30 July when [a member of FT Mersey] kindly advised that the excavator would be leaving from its strategic position on the grass carrying with it all the mud etc.

Well hello, during that period of 30 days there were 23 days of recorded rain on my property, some albeit small, but overall Myrtlebank received almost 200mm of rain. My property was soaked but due that magical wall around your coupe you were not operating in “damp or wet conditions”.

So that is why you built the duckboard and I took photos of the silt pouring out of your drainage lines during that time. EWTT#10

And to think that we had real Australians fighting for you in the Somme on “duckboards”

Drainage in to the Liffey

The Somme 1917

Duckboards BA388D

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  1. John Powell

    December 22, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Mark ,
    Fact 1: On Eastern side land falls 100 metres in 250 metres
    Fact 2: On South Eastern side (site of the tramway) the land falls 240 metres in 500metres to the Liffey River (outside of the coupe of course in WHA)
    Fact 3: On the Western side the land falls 70 metres in around 180 metres

    Gentle sloping land = I think not.

  2. Barnaby Drake

    December 22, 2011 at 9:18 am

    It is a strange thing … Where everyone else can see a problem, Mark pOYNTER only sees it as commendable practice and fully endorses all and every one of these actions. To him, they are paragons of virtue and incapable of any wrong-doing.

    Such faith!

    I am minded of a cartoon I once saw of Snoopy, throwing papers in the air and exclaiming, ‘Decisions, decisions!’

    ‘Today I made a hundred decisions.’

    ‘All of them wrong!’

  3. Russell

    December 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Re #1
    Why are they operating heavy machinery in these conditions at all? And why so close to World Heritage land?

  4. Mark Poynter

    December 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Looks like the usual beat-up over nothing much too me.

    Your so-called ‘duckboards’ appears to be cording which is a technique specifically used to prevent track rutting and soil damage that could otherwise occur under wet conditions.

    The run-off with flowing water is hardly anything to get alarmed about either. It is simply a means of diverting track drainage into adjacent vegetation or logging slash to prevent erosion, filter out any sediment and break-up any consolidated flow so as to minimise impacts to any nearby waterways.

    From memory this coupe is at 850 m elevation on the edge of the Central Highlands. The CH was traditionally used for winter logging because its rocky ground and gentle slopes give it a low erosion hazard. The ex-Gunns properties recently bought by Jan Cameron were all winter-logged and now they are pristine ancient forests – what’s the problem?

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