Clearfell Logging in the Otway Forested Catchments - Water Yield and Water Quality Issues Otway Ranges Environment Network
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DNRE and timber industry: no interest in Otway hydrology

Developments since 1994 indicate that the DNRE, and the native forest timber industry, have no interest in the effect of logging on water quality and quantity.

The Facts to Date

  • The DNRE moved quickly to clearfell log the SSP Hydrology research area

  • The ability of the site to be used in the future for the continuation of hydrology experimentation is unknown. The logging has not been carried out in accordance with the required hydrological plan

  • In June 1998 the State government passed legislation deeming Seaview Ridge Hydrology Experiment Site a Forest Operation Zone (F.O.Z.). To enter a Forest Operation Zone the Public must have obtained a permit from the DNRE. Outrage from community groups and civil rights groups resulted in this legislation being removed in November 1999

  • In January 1999 the Forestry Division of the CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union) blockaded local residents concerned about clearfell logging on SSP track. The union argued that it is the right of loggers to clearfell forests unhindered, no matter what the issues are once approval from the State Government is granted

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