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Giants, icons & elders walk

Perfect winter weather accompanied our group of 47 visitors to the Strathbogie Forest on Sunday. We came to see and pay respect to some of the grand old trees that still stand in this forest.

Two giants at the Messmate picnic area on Barjarg Rd are a continuing source of inspiration for visitors. These are perhaps the two biggest, oldest Messmate eucalypts (Eucalyptus obliqua) left in the entire Strathbogie Ranges. [Click an image to open the slide show.]

The Mountain Gum (E. dalrympleana) is another giant tree of this high elevation mixed species forest. Continue reading

Vicforests statements misleading

A Strathbogie Forest Greater Glider - threatened by fire and logging.

A Strathbogie Forest Greater Glider – threatened by fire and logging.

In reply to Vicforests comments reported in last week’s Euroa Gazette article.

Following their contentious logging of Parlour’s coupe late in 2016, Vicforests stated that it had no plans for further logging in the Strathbogies (Vicforests Feb 2016 media release & Shepp. News). Indeed, Vicforests provided even more detailed plans to DELWP as part of a Ministerial briefing to the Environment Minister, the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, in January this year, as reported in the previous post (FOI document, Min023780 Item. 11):

Once harvesting in Parlour’s coupe is complete … Vicforests has advised they have no plans to harvest further coupes in the Strathbogie ranges within the next two years.

The community welcomed this position and saw it as providing some breathing space to consider management options for the forest and Greater Glider protection. The Greater Glider is Australia’s largest gliding possum and has recently been listed as vulnerable to extinction by both the Australian Government (link) and Victorian Government (link).

So, it came as a total shock when, last week, Vicforests announced it does have plans for more logging – this year! We know that Government agencies and corporations, like Vicforests and DELWP, choose their words very carefully, particularly when briefing a Minister.

If, as Vicforests now insists, it has always had plans to continue logging in the Strathbogies, then the advice provided to DELWP clearly had the effect of misleading not just the community, but also DELWP and the Environment Minister! Continue reading

Tree-top living, just don’t look down

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This Greater Glider (Petauroides volans) was 25 m up in a Mountain Gum (Eucalyptus dalrympleana).

Our night-time surveys are revealing a forest rich in wildlife.  And the stable, clear Autumn weather has been ideal for working in the forest at night. Though the Strathbogie Forest doesn’t have the tallest of trees, craning one’s neck to look up into 30-40 m canopies can take its toll.

We document all our sightings : time of the observation, species ID, latitude and longitude, species of tree the animal was in, height of the animal in the tree and the number referencing to the photo of the animal. For example: Continue reading

May 2017 community spotlighting program

DSCN2492Dates: generally Monday and Friday, with some exceptions – read on.

May: Mon. 1, Tues. 9, Fri. 12, Mon. 15, Frid 19 (Cancelled – rain), Mon. 22, Fri. 26;
June: Frid. 2 (last chance!)
Times: 6.30 to 9.30 pm, or part thereof. Continue reading

8000+ Australians sign-up to support Strathbogie Forest

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Look at these rat-bags: teachers, truckies, vignerons, apiarists, ecologists, farmers, hospitality staff, retirees, mums, dads and grandparents. They care about this forest.

In early November 2016 we created a petition calling for a moratorium on logging in the Strathbogie Forest, until there’s a thorough assessment of the forest’s values. Initially, we thought we might get 1000 signatures, after all, how many people even care and could be bothered signing. But the 1000 target was reached in less than a week, so the target became 5000, which was reached two weeks later.

The petition has now closed and a staggering 29,521 people have supported the call for a moratorium on logging in the Strathbogie Forest.

That 8000+ Australians care so much about this small, isolated forest in north-east Victoria was beyond our wildest imagination and gives us heart and energy to continue our campaign.

Care petitions are international and it was surprising and totally fantastic that we had so many overseas supporters – from 169 countries around the world. There were 25 countries that supplied more than 100 supporters and 15 countries supplied more than 200 supporters: USA 11,174, Australia 8,486, Canada 1,259, UK 769, France 741, Germany 666, Italy 633, Spain 395, Mexico 385, Belgium 340, Brazil 337, Netherlands 327, South Africa 311, Switzerland 272, Portugal 234; forests have friends everywhere!!

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No Plan – “No Complications”

Logging straight through a drainage line.

Logging straight through a drainage line.

We have just learned that Vicforests’ logging of Parlour’s Coupe has finished. The news came via a media release that found it’s way to us via a third party. At least Vicforests is being consistent in the way it treats this local community – as an afterthought.

On the 11th November 2016, with logging of Parlour’s Coupe underway, Vicforests announced: “Once operations have commenced, we are planning on inviting community members to view the operation in progress.  This is likely to be mid December, though that is weather dependent.  An invitation will be sent out via email.” Suffice to say, we’re still waiting for the invite! Though there’s little point and no community appetite to continue playing Vicforests’ games.

Most of the timber cut from Parlour’s coupe has become firewood for the domestic market. Yes, there were probably a few sawlogs in there, though we seriously doubt that much was turned into “high quality timber flooring and furniture”. At $85/cu m for firewood (retail), the contractor (who also has a large, local firewood business) has every incentive to use the wood he’s cut down, for his own business – who can blame him. Without a doubt the community pressure that resulted in the shift from clear-fell to selective logging  is an improvement. But the devil, as always, is in the detail and more on that another time. Continue reading

Strathbogie Forest camp-out

dscn1455What a great way to spend the Australia Day Weekend and enjoy the natural wonders in these ranges – and the weather was perfect!

We camped in a stand of magnificent Messmates, among them some of the biggest trees in the Strathbogies; we enjoyed a bushwalk exploring  a part of the Parlour’s Creek catchment that we’ve not previously visited; enjoyed a community dinner of tasty curries; had long discussions over beverages; went spotlighting amongst towering Mountain Gums and Messmates and devoured crepes covered in lemon juice and sugar (or jam) for breakfast. Continue reading