19 August, 2011

Logging Sylvia Creek forest must stop (Worth more standing)

Peter Campbell
The Age (letter),  19 August 2011

I, along with around 100 local residents, visited the Sylvia creek forest near Toolangi in Victoria that is currently being logged by VicForests.  

I was schocked and disgusted by the destruction I saw wrought on this wonderful forest. Not a single tree was left standing, and many portions of logs were lying around apparently discarded.  It was a scene of utter devastation.

This forest survived the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and provides homes for Leadbeaters Possum and other endangered species.  Yet it is being devastated by VicForests, in contravention with the law that is supposed to protect it.

Destroying these forests for low-value woodchips makes no sense. These forests are used for walking, mountain biking, bird watching and a host of other recreational purposes.  They are worth far more to our community standing than chopped down.

It is time the Victorian government got out of the logging business and protected our remaining native to preserve their biodiverstiy, and for future generations to enjoy.

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