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State's cheap timber sales 'undermine native forest policy'

6 April 2009

THE State Government has been accused of undermining its own forests policy by selling off native hardwood timbers for as little as $2.50 a tonne.

VicForests, the State Government's forest industry arm, has been undercutting commercial plantation pulp wood suppliers by selling off native forest timber harvested in East Gippsland for between $2.50 and $6 a tonne.

Commercial hardwood timber is sold for between $38 to $60 a tonne.

Campaign to save old-growth forest turns to radiocarbon testing

2 April 2009
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Environmentalists campaigning to save the remnants of an old-growth forest at Brown Mountain in Victoria's far east say radiocarbon testing has proven that one of the trees cut down earlier this year was between 500 and 600 years old. They're urging the Victorian Government to rethink its policy on old-growth forest to ensure all ancient trees are protected.

Nothing natural about selection of which trees die

10 November 2008

POSTMAN'S Track is a dividing line. Heading down into what locals call the Valley of the Giants, about seven hours drive east of Melbourne, thick old-growth forest soars up to 50 metres on both sides of the skinny trail.

But there is an arbitrary distinction. On the right is Errinundra National Park. On the left is forest available to the timber industry. In the view of conservationists, it is soon to be "smashed into oblivion". The low grumble of a chainsaw can be heard about a kilometre away.

Pulped — Vic forests end up as copy paper

20 January 2008

MOST of the trees logged in Victoria's native forests last year ended up as pulp, much of it exported to Japan to become photocopying paper. More than 85% of the 1.59 million cubic metres of the state's native forest logged last financial year — the equivalent of 4745 MCGs — was turned into woodchips, sawdust and waste.