VicForests logs Powerful Owl habitat for …. firewood?

Powerful Owl (Image Duncan Fraser)

Powerful Owl (Image Duncan Fraser)

You’ve got to be joking, right? VicForests are spruiking the importance of  firewood as a sustainable product from Parlour’s Creek coupe. Is firewood really such an important part of their business model?

Which kind of means that they’re logging Powerful Owl and Greater Glider habitat for firewood!

Minister d’Ambrosio – can you and your Department of Environment honestly endorse this action? After years of telling us how important it is to have sawlogs for the booming native hardwood industry (NOT!), VicForests have trotted out a contractor to tell us he’s logging some of the richest forest left on the Strathbogie Ranges for firewood, FIREWOOD?! In fact, the contractor boasts that the logging of this forest is financing the expansion of his firewood business and funding the construction of a big, new firewood shed! Really?

It’s fascinating that VicForests have bothered with a media release focusing on firewood. Why would you even mention firewood, just about the lowest quality forest product available, when you’re main argument has always been that this logging is sawlog-driven? Could it be that the purported market for sawlogs is just a teensy weensy bit overstated?


4 responses to “VicForests logs Powerful Owl habitat for …. firewood?

  1. FireWood!! Pristene forest up in Smoke…Would love ot know were
    This fire wood is headed? I know there are some reports of shortages
    In Victoria, but suspect it headed across the water..Surely there is a demand
    For this timber in another sector…construction. And surely ther are other forest’s of less significance that can be used for fire wood??? The Strathbogies seem to be and easy target because it’s hidden and out of the way..Rod

  2. This natural habitat for our native fauna and flora must be consrved and protected.
    When does the connect between nature and our quality of life begin?And the realisation that all burning of fossil fuels from coal power stations through to small domestic heating is adding carbon to our atmoshere, heating the planet and will ultimately destroy human habitation if not stopped.
    Although this is happening worldwide there are many enlightened people fighting for what is right-and that is the protection of our old growth forests, enabling the ecosystems within to flourish. These eco systems interconnect with our health and our lifestyles and it is not acceptable to think that “one more patch of forest” will not hurt. It does and it will.

    We need leadership, someone with integrity to stand up for the old growth forests and for our childrens legacy.
    Please stop logging now.

  3. powerful owl protection zones appear on dse website maps & are legal binding, we have kept the wombat forest logging free for over a decade&more recently stopped mining on these exact arguments, you prove it is an owls habitat- even if you have to have it assessed yourselves& protection zone will follow. logging must stop if someone is on any logging site, we stopped logging for 69 days out of 90 [dse figures] quite often that was just me, to prevent boredom&loneliness I suggest singing – a little less conversation &a little more action

  4. Pingback: Vic Government to log Greater Glider stronghold | Our Strathbogie Forest

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