Fire and Logging

Research by scientists now show that logging regrowth can burn more severely than a natural mixed age forest.
Unlogged forests have higher canopies and healthy understoreys that hold a damp micro-climate and slow down wind. Logging regrowth is a thick bonfire of young oily leaved saplings shoulder to shoulder waiting for a spark. After about 7 years the regrowth is extremely flammable. The creation of landscape bonfires will increase the threat to communities and towns (a-la Marysville). This is of course a fact VicForests and the logging devotees will vehemently deny. They have even invented their own shonky Mickey Mouse science in an attempt to counter the real science. See articles under 'Media at a glance' on the right.

Logging increases forests flammability - new research

14 September 2014

New landmark research shows conclusively that the deadly Black Saturday fires were more extreme due to the thick flammable LOGGING regrowth. Scientists from Melbourne University and the ANU (Professor David Lindenmayer, Dr Chris Taylor and Dr Michael McCarthy) say the study showed the deadly blaze was more extreme where it ripped through young logging regrowth.

Wide scale salvage logging linked to log dump destruction

18 January 2012

During the 2009 bushfires, a huge log dump near Marysville was destroyed by fire. Michael Ryan from VicForests stated that 50,000 tonnes of pulpwood had been destroyed – around 10% of the total annual production of pulp logs for this area. The log dump was located near Marysville surrounded by tinder dry forest. Photographs of the log dump taken before the fires by Peter Halasz show the enormous size of this stockpile.