Apart from the obvious environmental reasons why this topic should be
debated on Birding-aus, we should not forget that some of our birding,
ornithological and ecological colleagues, and/or their families lost their
lives and/or all of their possessions in the fires.
I think we owe it to them to help set the record straight about
environmental issues relating to the Victorian bushfires, by debating the
topic on a public forum such as Birding-aus.
I also think that those same people would like us to debate the topic calmly
and rationally, without emotional abuse, and perhaps suggest some solutions
rather than play the blame game.
That's just my personal point of view, for what it's worth.
Dr Stephen Ambrose
On Behalf Of Greg & Val Clancy
Sent: Saturday, 21 February 2009 10:18 AM
To: david taylor; Steve Potter
Cc: Birding Aus
Subject: Re: columnists on the Bush Fires, a caution
This site is dedicated to birds and birdwatching but I would argue that the
issue of blaming conservation management for the intensity of the fires is a
relevant issue to be debated on this forum. The possible 'knee-jerk'
reaction of politicians may well see the destruction of large areas of bird
habitat by too much hazard reduction burning and over-zealous tree clearing.
It is healthy to have debate on these issues and, I believe, adds a bit of
life to the forum.
In saying this I strongly oppose people using the forum to make personal
attacks on others on the list or journalists. I believe that you should
attack the issue and not the person.