Has the industry really moved on?
The emails below were part of an FOI application that was requested when a very large block of land near Deloraine was put into a Private Timber Reserve and plantation establishment was planned.
There appears to be quite a lot of collusion between the company’s people and the FPA here to facilitate the logging and conversion of the two places mentioned.
The Caveside block mentioned in the second email was logged in 2005. I only saw the coupes in September after they were logged. This block used to be the site of a small bush mill; it is located in an area of Karst activity and drains into sinkholes. Roading caused many issues such as Batter Slumping, Blocked Culverts, Draining of Swamps and Siltation of the Honeycomb caves and Lobster Rivulet.
It does seem peculiar that issues such as the presence of threatened vegetation communities can be put into other areas. Such as:
The Porter block contained areas of E.Ovata, E.Pauciflora forests.
The Caveside block being mostly Wet Viminalis should not have been converted. Under the RFA and Permanent Native Forest Estate policy wet viminalis forest must be regenerated to native forest.
The main questions are have, things changed now.
Are threatened vegetation communities still being re classified?
Are companies still telling the FPA what will happen to our forests?
PS: Neither of the authors work for the respective organizations now.
Letter from Gunns Ltd to an FPB botanist
Letter from FPB botanist to Gunns