Letters to the Editor

The Mercury
21 July 2022

Forestry Australia’s Vice President, Dr Michelle Freeman, wrote a Letter to the Editor in reponse to Jennifer Sanger’s “Protecting our forests is crucial” (Talking Point, July 9). Dr Freeman said ” Our best chances of achieving a holistic solution to climate change inlclude focusing on reducing emissions across all sectors using renewable resources sustainably and actively managing our forests appropaitely to ensure diversity and reselience.
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The Age
19 July 2022

Responding to Professor David Lindenmayer (“We are fuelling state’s bushfire risk”, The Age, 16/7) regarding timber harvesting and bushfires within Victoria, Danny Diarmid University of Melbourne PhD graduate wrote, ‘Making recommendations to combat bushfire severity and intensity is complex, contextual and contingent on forest type.’ Danny wrote, this opinion ‘reinforces prejudices towards forestry organisations and governments in ecosystem management. I fear his views could be used, on supposed environmental grounds, to justify cessation of salvage operations. This would in turn create greater fuel loads and the likelihood of bushfires due to climate change by leaving the salvage job half done.’
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The Sydney Morning Herald
9 July 2022

Forestry Australia Vice President Dr Lachie McCaw wrote a Letter to the Editor published in The Sydney Morning Herald. Dr McCaw said: “Elevated extinction risk for any native species should be of great concern to all, and as a society we should be doing all we can to act. However, forestry operations, rather than being singled out as a factor contributing to species decline, should instead be embraced as part of the solution. There is no scientific consensus that forestry operations have a major impact on overall populations, with native forest harvesting occurring on such a small scale that singling out its contribution is an overstatement”.
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The West Australian 
July 2022

Forestry Australia Vice President Dr Lachie McCaw, AFSM had a Letter to the Editor published following the article by Paul Murray.
Dr McCaw said: “Forest Management requires detailed planning over long time horizons. The current situation facing industries and communities that rely on native timbers demonstrates the folly of facing decisions on short term political considerations”.

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The Age
9 June 2022

Professor Rod Keenan, Chair of Forestry Australia’s Victorian Branch, said “There is no evidence to suggest current native forest harvesting is driving species to extinction. Suggesting that harvesting is managed by a “rogue” agency does a disservice to the many professionals involved in planning and oversight of harvesting operations”.

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