Environment Minister Greg Hunt: Keep the loggers out of our Red Gum National Parks
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Environment Minister Greg Hunt: Keep the loggers out of our Red Gum National Parks

    1. Will Mooney
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      Will Mooney

      Melbourne, Australia

The Red Gum forests of Barmah-Millewa - along the banks of Australia's iconic Murray River - are a haven for threatened species and a homeland of deep significance to Indigenous Traditional Owners.

This rich landscape of forests, wetlands, floodplains and woodlands is internationally significant. Together, the Barmah forests, on the Victorian side of the Murray and the Millewa forest, in NSW, comprise the world's largest red gum forest. The forest is also a Ramsar listed wetland, supporting globally significant populations of rare and threatened bird species.

In 2010 new National Parks were declared to secure the future of this extraordinary ecosystem. Now, in 2014, these National Parks are under threat.

The Victorian and New South Wales Government want to trial destructive 'thinning' practices inside the National Park. This means logging red gum trees with mechanical harvesters in around 400 hectares of the Park, building roads and using herbicide in this sensitive environment. This perverse 'scientific logging' trial could be used as a model to push for destructive intervention in other National Parks across Australia and the globe.

The Federal Environment Minister can put a stop to this destructive proposal. Tell Environment Minister Greg Hunt to use his powers under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act to disallow the proposed 'ecological thinning' program in Red Gum National Parks.

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      Will Mooney
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      The Red Gum forests of Barmah-Millewa - along the banks of Australia's iconic Murray River - are a haven for threatened species and a homeland of deep...

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    • Gunjar Sutherland GLEDHOW, AUSTRALIA
      • 1 day ago

      Because this is analogous to the Japanese 'Scientific Whaling', that is completely unscientific and very distructive, it particularly doesn't belong in a National park!

      National Parks are what they say they are places of refuge for rare and endangoured species, not laboritories for experiments in logging practices that will in many ways threaten the various ecosystems the park protects without yielding any 'New' information. This method of thinning River Red Gums has been trialled unsuccessfully in the past. no need to do it again.

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    • Dezi Freeman AUSTRALIA
      • 1 day ago

      WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY BROKEN TREATIES FROM YOU IN THE FORM OF DESTROYING WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PROTECTED BY NATIONAL PARK STATUS. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER TO MESS WITH OUR FORESTS.

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      • 6 days ago

      Scientific evidence is being ignored. Shame!

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    • Michael Little FAIRFIELD, VICTORIAN, AUSTRALIA
      • 13 days ago

      Mr Hunt, let's preserve our precious red gum stands for future generations. Your personal reputation for future generations depends on it.

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    • Jacqueline Marks SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • 13 days ago

      The Barmah-Millewa forests are of great importance to the Indigenous traditional owners, and many already threatened species would be put at unnecessary risk if this "thinning" process went ahead.

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