Forests could become another victim of the Black Saturday Fires
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As a result of the devastating Black Saturday fires VicForests plans to amend Timber Release Plans to meet their "...current sales commitments, and contractual harvest and haulage obligations" and log more forest. Their proposed TRP's include "242 new native forest coupes* and roadlines" with a further amendment to "56 coupes and roadlines" currently on TRP's (VicForests, website 2010).
See link attached VicForests link for further information including maps and schedule of coupes.
*Area of forest of variable size, shape and orientation from which logs for sawmilling or other industrial processing are harvested (DSE, website 2010)
Public consultation is now in full swing until April 8th make your voice heard and sign this petition and/or send a personal email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We the undersigned,
oppose the amendments to the Timber Release Plans (TRP's), which include coupes that will destroy Victoria's unprotected old growth forests. We value being heard on this matter and hope you will take our concerns into consideration.
The Petition Signers
GECO, 2010 'Massive number of coupes scheduled', viewed March 16,
VicForests, 2010 'Proposed TRP Amendments' viewed March 16,
Department of Sustainability and the Environment, 2010 'Glossary' viewed March 16, http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/dse/nrenfor.nsf/FID/1AA