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Wally with Woodchips
CLEARFELLING NATIVE FOREST IN THE WEST BARWON
DAM CATCHMENT FOR WOODCHIPS
The last portion of a 30 hectare coupe was felled in April 1998.
The trees in this forest were found to be unsuitable even for woodchips
and were left to be burnt. Dozens of habitat trees, along with 500
year old tree ferns and other native species were destroyed to provide
space for hardwood 'regeneration'. The likes of these plantations
in the immediate area are a dismal failure.
local feller demonstrates the procedure and makes off to safety
as the old giant comes down
The last picture in the sequence
shows the scale of the ancient tree destroyed in a matter of