The Age, August 13, 2010
THE government must recognise that the community is overwhelmingly opposed to the continued woodchipping of our native forests. Modern forestry is destructive, with clear felling followed by intensely hot regeneration burns. These practices obliterate wildlife and convert natural forest into even-aged monocultures for industrial use. They are uneconomic and are subsidised by taxpayers. The time is long overdue to transition logging into plantations, which have sufficient wood to meet 90 per cent of our timber needs. Mr Brumby, respect the wishes of the broader community, and protect our forests for biodiversity, water and carbon storage.