Native forests are worth more unlogged, so why are we still cutting them down?


This article in The Age newspaper from the editor of Money magazine says a great deal. Like this…

All Australians should be angry about logging of [public] native forests. If you don’t care about the environment, what about the fact your taxes prop up an unviable industry that employs very few people?

Here’s another…

The annual reports for the various state forestry businesses reveal logging native forests is marginally profitable at best, and a sinkhole for taxpayer money at worst.

And here’s how the article finishes..

Victoria offers a glimmer of hope.

Last month the Forest Industry Taskforce, which includes groups such as The Wilderness Society and the CFMEU, requested a methodology for earning ERF credits.

The taskforce represents all Victorian state forests east of the Hume Highway, though the main focus has been on the Central Highlands because of the endangered Leadbeater’s possum. If an ERF method is established, it could be valid nationally.

Let’s hope common sense prevails.

The problem is that the Victorian Forest Industry Taskforce is fundamentally flawed. It has all the same weaknesses as the failed Tasmanian Forestry Agreement, including the fact that come the next change of Government in Victoria, the work of the Taskforce will be thrown on the political scrapheap.

It is guaranteed that common sense will be completely absent.

Politics and ideology (and taxpayer subsidies) are the only things keeping the public native forest industry alive!!

Enjoy the read!

2 responses to “Native forests are worth more unlogged, so why are we still cutting them down?

  1. Gordon
    All very well to say Vic Forests only breaks even or perhaps requires some taxpayer input. To say that the forest industry is a loss maker totally ignores the value of the end products. You are totally against any native forest logging so you happily ignore economics 101! The vast majority of native forest is out of bounds to logging (including most of the habitat for Leadbeaters Possum) and I’m personally comfortable with a balance of production and protection. I’ve spent a fair bit of time travelling through production forest areas in the Central Highlands of Vic and the regeneration following logging is superb for the most part. It is also some of the most productive native forest in the world. Perhaps you would prefer that native timber be replaced with imports from other countries at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the Victorian economy, or that timber be replaced by steel and plastic?

    • Stu,
      I’m not against native forest logging that is commercial and profitable.

      I am against native forest logging that is political, ideological, and taxpayer funded.

      The latter is the common business model in Australia!


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