Liberia To Investigate Logging Of Rainforests : NPR

This is the story of a seminal conflict between the forest industry and the conservation movement over rainforests in northern New South Wales. Nigel Turvey deftly presents the perspectives of both camps to draw lessons that have implications wherever environmental and industry interests collide.

The battle over logging the rainforests of Terania Creek in 1979 started the Rainforest War in New South Wales. Some claimed Terania Creek to be the last un-logged rainforest, but for the foresters and sawmillers it was the last rainforest they would plan to log. There followed a rash of clashes over logging rainforests across New South Wales which gave birth to the phenomenon of forest protests, began the decline of the native forest timber industry, and sullied the once noble reputation of foresters.

The peace plan in October 1982, known as the Rainforest Decision, started a process that saw the eventual closure to logging and reservation in national parks of 900,000 ha of native forest, or about one third of the productive State Forests of New South Wales.

A generation later the story looks in retrospect at the impact of the conflict on the lives of people on both sides: the chainsaw operator, the bulldozer driver, the forester, the bush boss, the sawmiller, the wide ranging professionals comprising the conservationists, as well as policemen, and politicians.

It is built on oral histories and juxtaposed memories, and documented by newspaper articles, photographs, film and television footage and transcripts and exhibits from the Terania Creek Inquiry.

The war was a clash of values and cultures, but three important lessons can be learnt from the conflict. These are the influence of the media, the role of science, and the spirituality of forests. These lessons can be applied to the conflict’s legacy, which is with us today in forest protests and political manoeuvring across Australia.

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Research has found that the number of species found in logged rainforest is much lower than the number found in untouched or “primary” rainforest. Many rainforest animals cannot survive in the changed environment.

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Undisturbed and logged rainforest areas are being totally cleared to provide land for food crops, tree plantations or for grazing cattle (Colchester & Lohmann). Much of this produce is exported to rich industrialised countries and in many cases, crops are grown for export while the local populace goes hungry.

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"Logging rainforests, clearing and converting them to plantations results in enormous carbon emissions. It is crazy for governments to be considering subsidies intended to address climate change for these activities", said Peg Putt from TWS. "Yet this is exactly what the current treaty text for Copenhagen proposes to do".

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She said TF was logging rainforests and clear-felling old growth forests on an ongoing basis, as well as logging the habitats of endangered and vulnerable species, such as swift parrots, Tasmanian devils, Tasmanian masked owls and wedge tailed eagles.

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Dry forests occur in locations such as ridges, where fire is a more commonoccurrence. Fires become more likely after roads bring an increase of humanactivity into a forest. After logging in rainforest buffer zones, the regrowthof fire-promoting species such as eucalypts can increase fire danger tothe adjacent rainforest.