The end of native timber harvesting in Victoria offers a generational opportunity for First Peoples to care for Forest Country
Victoria’s native forests will be free from logging by the end of the year. That’s big news for our threatened species and fragmented forests
Directing public funds to native forest logging is bad for the economy, the climate and biodiversity, and will increase bushfire risk.
New Zealanders have planted just over a quarter of a billion trees, about half of it native species, as part of an effort to increase carbon storage.
Following scandals over illegal logging, and with an appetite for rare, old-growth wood, the guitar industry is rethinking its environmental footprint. Australian companies are leading the way.
They overlook a vast body of evidence that crown fire – the most extreme type of fire behaviour in which tree canopies burn - is more likely in logged native forests.
We counted the number of standard trees in Australia. It turns out that since 1990, we’ve actually been gaining trees faster than losing them.
Plants live off carbon dioxide, but a higher level of the greenhouse gas in the air doesn’t necessarily lead to more biomass production.
Victoria has some of the most carbon rich native forests in the world. And we’re cutting them down for short-lived wood products.
Planting more native forests could help mitigate the causes of climate change, but unless funding is closely tied to successful outcomes, such projects face the risk of failure.