Bill Gammage and the white fella myth of Aboriginal burning

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Gammage toonBill Gammage has become a cult figure for many people who believe we need to burn the bush ‘as Aborigines did’. He has even convinced quite a few environmentally concerned people through his book The Biggest Estate on Earth that regular burning is needed.  However, what we rarely hear above the unquestioning accolades are the many scientists, academics and ecologists who have looked at his claims and found them to be either well-crafted falsehoods or just plain erroneous. Gammage presents wild guesses as fact, bases claims on selective historical information, exaggerates and is often incorrect in his geography. He has also admitted that he did not interview local indigenous people in areas he wrote about.

Lyrebird - forests gardeners

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Long-footed PotorooLyrebirds are but one aspect of our forests’ natural army of ‘fuel reducers’.

Bandicoots, Potoroos, and other small diggers, hoppers and scratchers are all extremely important in turning over the forest’s compost daily. Add to this work force the insects and their larvae, termites and fungi that are constantly devouring leaves, twigs and even logs.

Forests Forever Easter Ecology Camp 2015

Forests Forever 2015 promo pictureCamp by the Brodribb River with like-minded people at night and be guided by expert biologists during the day.

Be awed by 600 year old forests and the diversity of a pristine rainforest. Discover how forests are vital for climate calming, and spotlight for nocturnal wildlife.

Learn wildlife survey techniques or take an organic farm tour.

Visit Brown Mountain’s old growth forests which were successfully protected with a Supreme Court case in 2010. Then be inspired to help save our forests.

$60 for adults ($40 conc) or $20 a day ($15 conc). Teenagers half price, Under 12s free.

All proceeds go to help save these forests. Please book early as numbers are limited.

Online bookings can be made here or download a flyer with a booking form (PDF)

Review of government burn targets

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lonnie - the long nosed potorooThere will be a review of the 5% burn target, with the report delivered by the end of March (6 weeks)! 

The Minister’s media release says:

“The review will examine a risk-based approach to bushfire fuel management against the existing hectare-based performance target program. The Inspector-General for Emergency Management has been asked to deliver his report by the end of March 2015

Increased logging dressed up as ‘bushfire mitigation’?

Monday, January 5, 2015

logging as bushfire mitigationThis is something to watch. In a Productivity Commission draft report cited in early January 2015, the suggestion was that more needs to be spent on bushfire mitigation exercises (to save on disaster relief and recovery). Sounds reasonable? But this suggested $200M mixed with the lobbying influence of the Australian Forest products Association (AFPA), and Abbott’s anti-environment doctrine, this could well translate into giving money to states that will ‘thin’ native forests and National Parks, supposedly to reduce fire threat and then use the thinnings to fuel electricity furnaces.