Sustainable Logging in Australia/ I want a Win/Win Situation Between the Greenies and Loggers

Essay by Luke Foster

“The loss of trees and other vegetation can cause temperature change, desertification, eating away, fewer crops, flooding, increased greenhouse gases within the atmosphere, and a number of problems for indigenous people. Illegal logging drives deforestation, biodiversity loss and temperature change.”

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I feel that cutting out logging in Australia altogether is not practical as we need timber particularly for housing and it provides jobs for loggers and timber mill workers. However, I feel its best if we use replanted, eucalyptus or pine trees rather than logging old growth forests particularly in Tasmania. I have been to Tasmania twice and seen firs- hand the forests there that are breathe taking and when I was doing a studio residency on Flinders Island there were not only beautiful forests but also wombats, everywhere.

So, I am joking that I don’t want to piss off the greenies or the loggers but I want a win/win situation where both get pretty much what they are campaigning for.

Even if we think in just selfish ways for saving humanity which is basically all of us then its not sustainable for us to cut down old growth forest as we need the oxygen they produce and diverse ecosystems for our own survival. I also have a particular fondness for koalas who are reliant on eucalyptus forests.

“Ending native forest logging would save a lot of feathers, including those of the many species of birds headed for extinction in our country like the black cockatoos, swift parrots, helmeted honeyeaters and masked owls. It would help save a brace of mammals as well.”

Bob Brown

I agree with Bob Brown about the logging of old growth forests pushing animals and birds to extinction.

Bob Brown former Greens leader who lives in Tasmania who runs the Bob Brown Foundation-Action for Earth

“As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I agree with the Dalai Lama that we need to consider future generations to save the environment and particularly old growth forests. However, the loggers and mill workers need work to pay the bills and look after their families but in the long run I could imagine they would further their industry if they only logged replanted forests.

In conclusion the best win/win situation is where the loggers and mill workers keep their jobs and old growth forests are also protected for the habitat they provide and also for tourism as eco-tourism in Australia is a big money spinner for both Australian tourists and overseas visitors to Australia.

I have seen Dustin Thomas in concert twice and he always writes evocative songs about saving forests in not just Australia but in the world and also saving the Great Barrier Reef. The first time I saw him at a turtle conservation fundraiser he sang a song as he went about turtles. While he performed, I did a drawing of him and after the gig presented it to him and he was stoked so gave me one of his CDs.

Australian old growth forest