There are no known extinctions of any species
due to logging practices. Link
Biodiversity is threatened by other things
such as agriculture and land clearing not logging. Link
Otway rainforests are excluded from logging
and appropriate buffers applied. Link
"Ecological Sustainable Forest Management"
is adopted to protect biodiversity values. Link
Habitat trees are retained in areas clearfell
logged to protect flora and fauna. Link
Flora and Fauna values were protected under
the RFA process by the CAR reserve system. Link
There are no known extinctions
of any species due to logging practices
Nominations to the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act acknowledge that
logging practices threaten endangered species with extinction. The State
governments failure to complete Action Statements as required by the
Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act means that clearfell logging threatens
engendered species with extinction.
Clearfell logging contributes to Habitat
fragmentation. Habitat fragmentation can lead to local and regional
extinctions of plants and animals. Before an extinction occurs, endangered
species will suffer a decline in numbers as they are forced to live
in smaller and smaller islands of habitat. A decline in numbers makes
endangered species vulnerable to extinction by other forces such as
wildfire, feral animals and other human pressures.
Tail Quoll is an example of where logging practices are contributing
towards the decline and extinction of an animal in the Otways.
Existing land clearing for agriculture and plantations has already
fragmented the Otways. Clearfell logging on public land within remaining
forest corridors contributes to further habitat
fragmentation and reducing biodiversity.
Otway rainforests are excluded
from logging and appropriate buffers applied.
It is true that rainforest is excluded from clearfell logging practices
in the Otways. However appropriate buffers are not applied. Scientific
buffers of up to 250-350 metres are required instead of the 40
metres buffers Forestry Victoria have been applying.
Forestry Victoria have breached
of the Code of Forest Practices for timber production by applying
only 40 metre buffers when in fact the code requires 60 metres buffers
on stands of nothofagus dominated Cool Temperate Rainforest in the Otways.
The Otway Forest Management Plan does not have a detailed strategy
to apply buffers to Cool Temperate Rainforest. Link
Research in Victoria to investigate appropriate buffer widths for
Nothofagus dominated Cool Temperate Rainforest has been suppressed by
Forestry Victoria. See myrtle
wilt research suppression.
The State governments failure to complete Action Statements as required
by the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act means that clearfell logging threatens
Habitat trees are retained in
areas clearfell logged to protect flora and fauna
Habitat trees (which are also know as hollow bearing trees and veteran
trees) are rarely left in coups. The normal practice by Forestry Victoria
is to kill large veteran trees to allow more sunlight onto an area clearfell
logged. If the veteran tree is not cut down then a poison such as round-up
is often used. Notches are cut into the trunk of the tree and injected
with poison. See Hollow
The claim by Forestry Victoria that habitat trees are retained is
a part of a public relations campaign to deceive the community into
thinking flora and fauna values are being protected.
The Comprehensive Adequate Representative(CAR)
reserve system. Comprehensive and adequate by who's definition? Again,
just because a title says "adequate" does not mean that it
actually is. CAR
is a nice PR term used by Forestry Victoria and the pro-clearfell &
woodchip lobby groups.
Don't know the meaning of a word? Check the glossary.