Since European arrival, two-thirds of our native
forest has gone.
In2 the Otways, the native forest has been clearfell
logged since the 1970's. Clearfell logging is a process that removes
all vegetation from an allocated area (a logging coupe). This opens
up the forest, drying it out and making it more susceptible to weed
invasion and wildfire. Then NAPALM is dropped from helicopters to
burn the logged area and poisonous baits are spread to kill off
native animals who may feed from any new growth.
Victoria's publicly owned state forest is managed by the Department
of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE).
CLEARFELL LOGGING IN THE OTWAYS
¨ REDUCES WATER QUANTITY
¨ DECREASES WATER QUALITY
¨ TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES LOST
¨ DESTROYS HABITAT
¨ THREATENS COOL TEMPERATE RAINFOREST
¨ INCREASES FIRE RISK
¨ CLEARFELL LOGGING IS PRIMARILY FOR WOODCHIPS
Woodchipping in the Otways
70% of trees clearfelled in the Otways go directly to woodchips.
When sawmill sawlog offcuts are included, nearly 90% of all Hardwood
Volume ends up as woodchips . Under the DNRE's own admission, the
majority of forest coupes (areas of forest set aside for logging)
are not `sawlog economic' to log.
Woodchips provide the majority (60%) of Forestry
Victoria's revenue from logging operations in the Otways. (Forestry
Victoria is the forest section of the Department of Natural Resources
The sawmills sourcing timber from the Otways State
Forest made a $0.6 million loss in the 1997/98 financial year. Woodchipping
earns $2.1 million each year.
Logging in the Otways is driven by woodchips
not sawlogs (as shown by a recent report based on the Government's
own data and written by OREN). This is a breach of the State Government
policy that maintains which the logging industry must be sawlog
For the last few years, the amount of woodchips
coming out of the Otways forest has exceeded by 60%, the current
limit (60,000m3) imposed by the DNRE's own management
prescriptions outlined in the Otway Forest Management Plan
Ref: Are Sawlogs a By-Product of the Wood chip
Industry in the Otway State Forest, OREN, Nov.2000