Jason Foster, Windsor
The Age, 3/1/07
The opinion essay by Catherine Murphy was propaganda for the forestry industry masquerading as a concern for national parks.
Much of the recent bushfires in Victoria started or spread outside the parks in land that was not "locked away", as the current cliche (parroted by Murphy) has it. We all know that forests must be managed to reduce the impact of fires, but logging has no particular benefit in this regard and destroys the value of national parks as natural habitats, especially by removing trees that should be left to grow old and provide essential homes for wildlife. And the very problem of invading weeds and other pests that Murphy identifies as a consequence of fires is also caused by logging.
Our parks need active management, but logging should remain locked out.