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Forests Australia Australia's State of the Forests Report - Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Page Content ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Australia's State of the Forests Report (SOFR) is the five-yearly national report on the status of Australia's forests.

Forests Australia Australia's State of the Forests Report - Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The National Forest Pol​icy Statement, issued in 1992 by the Australian, state and territory governments, sets out a vision and goals, objectives and policies for Australia's forests. It also commits Australia's governments to prepare a national 'state of the forests' review every five years. SOFR meets this requirement and also meets certain reporting requirements of the Commonwealth Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002.

Environmental, social and economic forest-related data are collected from state and territory forest management agencies and Australian government departments and compiled into SOFR, which is the only national report on the state of Australia's forests. Victorian Environmental Assessment Council. History map of East Gippsland logging. Logging the Fairy Possum to extinction. Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) » Fire as an Excuse for Logging. Wet weather “salvage” logging in Klamath National Forest 2014 Fire is a difficult subject because it defies easy or generalized characterizations.

Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) » Fire as an Excuse for Logging

Fire is powerful and scary. That statement probably rings true to most folks. Takepart. Before 38 scientists got together to crunch some seriously big data, it was estimated that there were about 400 billion trees left on Earth.

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Luckily, the scientists were a few trillion off. Theconversation. With sharp teeth and an attitude to match, quolls are some of Australia’s most impressive hunters.

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Ranging from around 300g to 5kg, these spectacularly spotted marsupials do an out-sized job of controlling invasive pasture grubs and rodents, as well as cleaning up carcasses. They are even credited with thwarting early attempts to establish the rabbit in Australia. But our quolls are in trouble. The recent Action Plan for Australian Mammals highlighted their extraordinary decline. Collectively, these species once occurred in high numbers across the country. Melbourne Urban Forest - Visual.

Why canopy is important Canopy cover represents a way of expressing, as a percentage, how much of any given area is shaded by trees.

Melbourne Urban Forest - Visual

The canopy cover graph above shows two potential futures for canopy cover in our streets and parks. The lower line represents what is projected to happen to our canopy cover if we stop planting trees. The line above shows what will happen if we replace trees as they are lost and plant new trees at a rate of approximately 3,000 trees per year to 2040. Canopy calculations. Bio-energy - Australian Forests & Climate Alliance. Theconversation. Fire profoundly influences human health, the economy and wildlife.

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In Victoria, for instance, bushfires have burned more than one million hectares since 2009, claiming 178 lives and more than 2,300 homes, and causing more than A$4 billion in social, economic and environmental costs. Reducing fire risk is a global issue, as highlighted by recent devastating fires in the United States and South Africa, as well as in other Australian states. To reduce fire risk, the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission recommended that the Victorian Government aim to burn at least 5% of public land as an annual rolling target.

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management is currently reviewing this simple percentage target against a new risk-based approach to bushfire management. Is a state-wide percentage target the best way to reduce risk to human life and property and maintain our globally significant biodiversity? Limitations of percentage targets. Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) » Westside Fire Recovery Project a Hot Mess. With over 30,000 acres of Klamath National Forest proposed to be harvested and sold, the Westside Fire Recovery Project is poised to be one of the largest ever post-fire timber harvests on a National Forest.

Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) » Westside Fire Recovery Project a Hot Mess

This so-called “recovery” project places timber company profits over community safety and wildlife by clearcutting complex, habitat-rich forests and replacing them with fire-prone plantations. The Klamath National Forest is special to a lot of people in this region, and for good reason. Its wild canyons and old, expansive forests support a wide variety of unique animals and plants including the endangered northern spotted owl, Pacific fisher, California wolverine, and Siskiyou Mountains salamander.

Fire in the Australian Landscape. It’s time to stop lighting fires. Biophilia hypothesis. The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.

Biophilia hypothesis

Pricing the Environment: How can the environment be priced? - Articles. Trees: finding their true value Nancy Beckham As far as I know, the first scientist to attempt estimating the monetary value of a tree was' Professor T M Das of the University of Calcutta.

Pricing the Environment: How can the environment be priced? - Articles

His paper was published in Indian Biologist, Vol XI, No. 1-2, 1979. 10 years of ensuring there are none. Gone feral: The cats devouring our wildlife. A camera trap captures a feral cat that has killed a Pale Field Rat.

Gone feral: The cats devouring our wildlife

Photo: Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Fungus governs soil’s carbon content. Victoria's logged landscapes are at increased risk of bushfire. Victoria’s forest management policies need to be urgently reviewed in response to the discovery that logging can contribute to the severity of bushfires in wet forests, like the devastating fires on Black Saturday in February 2009. Our recent study, based on data from areas that burned on Black Saturday, clearly shows how extensive logging can increase the severity of bushfires in mountain ash forests. We found that the risk of “crown” fires, which burn severely and spread rapidly through the forest canopy, is greatest in mountain ash forests that have been regrowing for about 15 years.

Before the 2009 fires, these young trees were established following clearfell logging. The Victorian government will review its forest management policies in the coming months and we encourage it to consider our findings. Victorian forestry is definitely not ecologically sustainable. By any scientific yardstick, forestry operations in Victoria cannot be regarded as ecologically sustainable. Much of the attention of politicians, policy makers and the general public has been on the tall forests of Tasmania. But the state of Victoria’s forests is far worse than those in Tasmania - in terms of the number of species of conservation concern, the rate of overcutting, the loss of old growth forests, and the continued application of antiquated and environmentally-damaging clearfelling operations. The Holy Grail of forest management is for it to be ecologically sustainable. The Wombat Protection Society of Australia. There’s an urge to fuel reduction burn, but not to learn. FOR three years the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission’s independent monitor Neil Comrie has strongly advised the Victorian Government to abandon one of the commission’s recommendations: the call to burn 390,000ha of public land annually for fuel reduction.

Yet Environment Minister Ryan Smith is sticking to that target and, even more puzzling, DEPI plans to increase that annual target to an extraordinary 450,000ha. Former police chief commissioner Comrie understands the importance of fuel reduction, but he sees the target as unachievable, and that it compromises a strategic burn program. DEPI - Planned burns. McArthur Mk 5 Forest Fire Danger Meter. The McArthur Mk5 Forest Fire Danger Meter. The McArthur Mk 5 Forest Fire Danger Meter is used by rural fire authorities to forecast fire danger in Australian forests. 12 September 2008 | Updated 14 October 2011.

Greater Alpine Management Plan Resources. Burnoff policies could be damaging habitats for 100 years. Forestry industry out on a limb. This scary NASA map shows how the world’s forests are going up in smoke. LIMA, Peru — The world’s forests are in trouble. If you think we’re joking, then just take a look at this frightening NASA image. The Australia Institute. How forests carry out their own fire suppression management. How did forests ever cope before the era of government planned small scale bushfires? Tony Abbott's Tasmanian wilderness claim doesn't check out - Fact Check. Updated Tue 8 Apr 2014, 5:22pm AEST The Federal Government has applied to have sections of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area delisted by the United Nations.

CBD Home. 21 reasons why forests are important. Forests cover a third of all land on Earth, providing vital organic infrastructure for some of the planet's densest, most diverse collections of life. They support countless species as well as 1.6 billion human livelihoods, yet humans are also responsible for 32 million acres of deforestation every year. Saturday soapbox: ‘Old thinking’ will cost Tasmania jobs. Tasmania must factor in changing wood supply and market preference.

Source: News Limited IF the incoming Tasmanian Liberal Government remains determined to end the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, it will be at the cost of Tasmanian jobs.