About 50 people protested at the resumption of logging in the Strathbogie forest last Thursday.
The protest, organised by Strathbogie Sustainable Forest Group, demanded logging cease in the Parlour’s Creek coupe due to the presence of rare fauna and flora including the powerful owl and greater glider.
In a Letter to The Editor (page 10) a member of the group, Marilyn Bakker, accuses the Victorian Government of mismanagement.
‘‘VicForests and DELWP are once again showing total incompetence in managing Victoria’s state-owned forest,’’ Ms Bakker writes.
‘‘Their logging currently proceeding in one of the most pristine and environmentally sensitive coupes in the Strathbogies, home to endangered greater gliders, powerful owls and lyrebirds, and endangered plants, is vandalism on a massive scale.
‘‘A visit to the current logging coupe on Parlour’s Creek is evidence enough that ‘selective logging’ of forest is a misnomer. ‘‘‘Selective logging’ involves taking huge excavators and logging trucks through bush that has to be bashed down for access, causing destruction of the understory and smaller trees.’’
●Next week The Ensign will feature an interview with the Mansfield logging contractor Rob Kirley.