Woodlands up in smoke?

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Subject: Woodlands up in smoke?
From: "Peter Waanders" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 11:21:08 +0930
Hi all,
I just received an article photocopied from the Australian Conservation Foundation's magazine on my desk. It seems (as always) quite alarming. I am not familiar with the situation and I haven't read anything about it on birding-aus but some of you out there must know more about it. Some abstracts:
Proposals are currently afoot for the forests of western NSW to be massively logged for charcoal for the production of silicon. Also threatening are plans to provide 5% of fuel for power stations from native forests and use the forests for charcoal production for steel making.
After community objections Bob Carr ruled out logging for charcoal in the Goonoo and Pilliga regions.
But the govt is stil looking to log forests and woodlands in the nearby New England Tablelands and Hunter Valley.
The alternative is low ash coal from NZ which has been rejected by the mining company.
These forests (box-ironbark, blackbutt, stringybark and messmate) are the ecological keystones of the area. Ironically large-scale tree plantings of ironbarks have been conducted in western NSW by Birds Australia to regenerate bird habitat. (It wouldn't surprise me if this was through NHT funding!)
The article (April 2000, Habitat Australia) calls for people to write to premier Bob Carr at Parliament House Sydney 2000, objecting in the strongest terms to these proposals. Contact the NSW Nat'l parks assoc at PO Box A97 Sydney Sth 1235 or email:
There is also a conference on firewoods and woodlands at La Trobe Uni, 8-9 June, email
If this would be happening in my backyard I'd be up in arms straight away, but perhaps someone could shed some light on the issue?

Peter Waanders
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