Bob Brown Foundation has welcomed the new report Recent Australian wildfires made worse by logging and associated forest management published in Nature journal on Tuesday. This report proves that recent Australian wildfires were made worse by logging and historical and contemporary logging regimes.
“Australia now has overwhelming evidence that logging of Australia’s native forests increases both the risk of and the severity of bushfire events. Australia needs to not only protect the vast intact native forest estate but restore degraded forests,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
The report by scientists David Lindenmayer, Robert Kooyman, Chris Taylor, Michelle Ward and James Watson found that ‘there is compelling evidence that Australia’s historical and contemporary logging regimes have made many Australian forests more fire prone and contributed to increased fire severity and flammability’.
The report also highlighted the mechanism by which logging incursions create conditions where ordinarily fire resistant rainforest and old growth forests are exposed to fire conditions that result in fires taking hold.
“This report should be a wake-up call for the Tasmanian government and governments across Australia. Business, as usual, will mean more wild areas lost, and more communities impacted by bushfire tragedy. We all have smoke detectors in our homes to alert us to fire risks. Well, these scientists are our community’s smoke detectors, and they are telling us that the native forest logging policies of successive governments are putting our communities and wild places at increased fire risk," said takayna/Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan.
“Logging is occurring across Tasmania in valuable intact native forests right now while we are living in a climate emergency. In the past two years Australia has witnessed consecutive tragic extended bushfire seasons, firstly the Tasmanian southern forests fires in early 2019 and the devastating fires in Qld, NSW, Victoria and SA over the past spring and summer. Keeping Australia’s forests intact is even more important. Time is up for continuing to destroy critical carbon storehouses and wildlife habitat.
We know that it is imperative to protect and restore the integrity of native forests. Tasmania’s government can proudly protect and restore some of the most carbon-dense forests on Earth, handing global biodiversity and climate bank to future generations,“ Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“We are writing to the Premier today to share with him this important report, we are calling on the Tasmanian Government to act with all haste to exit the outdated native forest logging industry. Ending native forest logging will make our communities safer”, said Mr Jordan.
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