Logging We Continue to Destroy our Forests In The Name Of Progress

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No simple matter: logging and conservation are not polar opposites, and controlled harvesting can fund the protection of forests. AAP/Greenpeace/Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

As we continue to destroy our rapidly disappearing rainforests, it breaks my heart to read some of the disgraceful activities that continue in the name of corporate profits.

In the headlines we see Westpac making plans to invest in a logging project set to destroy the pristine Solomon Islands.

WESTPAC has been revealed as the guarantor of a controversial new project to log thousands of acres of pristine rainforest in the Solomon Islands, despite saying it is winding back financial support to the nation’s logging industry.

The logging area includes rare swamp rainforest that has previously been the scene of violent clashes involving logging interests and locals that left six women injured.

Westpac’s association with the project has infuriated environmentalists and tribal elders who are trying to block the operation that involves logging about 1600 hectares of rainforest on tiny island of Vella Lavella.

The plan was revealed as the Australian Greens have called for the bank to be stripped of a prestigious pro-environment award over long term financing of logging industry in the islands….More at Westpac backs logging project – Sydney Morning Herald

In further news I discovered that Gibson (guitar manufacturing legend) has been charged with allegedly importing timber from illegal logging activities.

On August 6, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it reached a criminal enforcement agreement with Gibson Guitar Corp., resolving two investigations into allegations that Gibson violated the Lacey Act by purchasing and importing illegally harvested wood materials into the United States from Madagascar and India. Because this is the first major set of investigations to be publicly resolved under the new amendments to the Lacey Act, the agreement will help set precedents important to the U.S. and the global wood products industry. The announcement puts to rest nearly three years of investigation and speculation, and it has significant implications for future implementation of the Lacey Act and forest legality regulations across the world….More at Gibson Guitar Logging Bust Demonstrates Lacey Act’s Effectiveness

In this historic video we see the attitude of a generation that really believed the everything would last forever and that the beautiful ancient Redwoods are there just for us to exploit.

These beautiful Trees are almost extinct and it is estimated that 90% of the species was destroyed during the forestry boom.

 

 

Finding solutions to the balance between conservation and logging is a very delicate subject. The debate seems endless, but the truth is that trees are dying and disappearing at an alarming rate.

Finding outcomes that offer real improvements for conservation gains depend on recognising some myths and acknowledging the dynamic nature of forests. Many people, especially in Australia, generally imagine all “logging” as broad-scale clear-felling. However, timber harvesting takes many forms, and large-scale clear-felling is at one end of a broad spectrum. In well-managed forests, foresters seek to harvest in an ecologically-appropriate way. Generally, clear-felling is appropriate only in forests that are naturally adapted to major disturbances (such as Australia’s wildfires).

At the other end of the harvesting spectrum, single-tree selection is appropriate in forests that evolved with small-scale disturbance (such as many species-rich where most trees die standing and finally collapse from decay), and where seedlings tolerate heavy shade….More at Can forest conservation and logging be reconciled?

The fact of the matter is that we need trees to survive. More than half of the planet’s plant and animal species can be found in rainforests.

Rainforests covered around 15% of the earths surface and in around foty years we have reduced that figure to a mere 6%

One and a half acres of rainforest are lost every second.

It is estimated that we are losing about 137 species of plants and animals everday due to the destruction of rainforests by illegal and legal logging.

What are your thoughts on logging and do we need to start a more environmentally friendly attitude towards conserving our forests?

Should more be done to discover greener forms of building? Are you concerned that we are losing so much of our planet’s plants and animals everyday as a result of logging?

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