26 May, 2009

LETTER: Better use for old trees

Peter Campbell, Surrey Hills
Letter, The Age, 26/5/09

The continuation of old-growth forest logging after the State Government's commitment to protect them is a worrying failure of government.

It is incredible that cow paddocks may be protected when 500-year-old forest giants such as those in Brown Mountain and Delegate forests are still being killed, mainly for woodchips that nobody now wants to buy.

These forests contain many threatened species such as owls, gliders, quolls and even crayfish. They also provide valuable water for our river systems and communities.

These forests can also provide green jobs for local communities into the future through ecotourism that would attract thousands of local and international visitors.

The time has come for the Brumby Government to protect them immediately.


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