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.
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?