Only 0.2 per cent or 300 ha of the Otways
is logged each year. Link
Otway forests cover
156,000 ha (or 162,856 ha) of public land and only 300 ha is logged
every year. Link
About 70% -75% of public
native forests in the Otways are within reserves and will not be logged.
West RFA process increased
Otway reserve levels to new highs. Link
Only 0.2 or 0.3 per cent or 300
ha of the Otways is logged each year
Every year for the past decade, an average of about three square kilometres
of Otway forest has been clearfell logged.
That is an area bigger than the Melbourne CBD every year. It is not
a trivial or insignificant area being logged.
Otway forests cover 156,000
ha (or 162,856 ha) of public land and only 300 ha is logged every year.
Although there sounds like a lot of public land in reserves within
the Otways area, most of the forests and natural landscapes of Western
Victoria have almost all gone. Of the 5.8 million ha of land in Western
Victoria, only 437,000 ha or 7.56% is protected in permanent reserves.
Victoria devoid of native vegetation
The Otways Forest Management Area (FMA) consists of 883,000 ha and
stretches from the South Otway Coast up to Skipton in the North and
from Camperdown in the West to Winchelsea in the East. However 75% of
this vast area is cleared land for agriculture. Only 18% remains as
public forested land. Of the remaining public forest only 7% is within
legislated parks and reserves that provide permanent protection for
the little remaining natural ecosystems of the Otway FMA
About 73 - 75% of public
land in the Otways is within reserves and will not be logged.
About half of the wet forests within the Otway National Park were
clearfell logged before logging was halted in 1985.
According to the West RFA Discussion Paper (Page 43) there is 46 square
kilometres of cleared and several disturbed land within existing legislated
conservation reserves in Otway wet forests.
West RFA process increased Otway
reserve levels to new highs
Special Protection Zones (SPZ) within state forests are not legislated
reserves and can be clearfell logged at the Minister's discretion. This
has already occurred within SPZ located in East Gippsland. The native
forest logging industry misleadingly includes non legislated reserves
as a part of the total area that can not be logged in the future.
See SPZ,s are