What ev­i­dence would be enough for you?

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

SO Mark Black­well dis­agrees with Strathbogie Shire’s de­ci­sion to op­pose na­tive for­est log­ging in the Strathbogie For­est to save en­dan­gered fauna and flora ( The Euroa Gazette Novem­ber 7).

He states as his rea­son is that he has “not seen one piece of ev­i­dence of such an­i­mal losses pre­sented”.

What ex­actly would Mr Black­well con­sider to be suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence?

Does he re­quire sight­ings of dead Greater Glid­ers and Pow­er­ful Owls?

Does he re­ally not ac­cept the causal link between habi­tat loss and species de­cline?

Species loss, both in flora and fauna, can be a slow and stealthy process.

Clear­ing of na­tive veg­e­ta­tion frag­ments habi­tats and iso­lates pop­u­la­tions of plants and an­i­mals.

Small habi­tat rem­nants can­not sup­port pop­u­la­tions for long pe­ri­ods.

They are more sus­cep­ti­ble to threats and loss of bio­di­ver­sity fol­low­ing dis­tur­bances such as log­ging, es­pe­cially if there are no suitable habi­tats nearby where they can re­lo­cate.

If he needs it stated more sim­ply, smaller rem­nant habi­tats mean that species are more vul­ner­a­ble to pre­da­tion and com­pe­ti­tion.

They are forced to com­pete for their es­sen­tial re­quire­ments of food, shel­ter and mates.

The gene pool is smaller and in­breed­ing weak­ens pop­u­la­tions.

There comes a tip­ping point when there are sim­ply in­suf­fi­cient num­bers to main­tain a sus­tain­able pop­u­la­tion and the de­cline may be­come ex­tinc­tion. This is ba­sic Sci­ence 101.

This sce­nario is oc­cur­ring through­out the forests of Aus­tralia and the world.

Ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis of data from the In­ter­na­tional Union for the Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture, habi­tat loss is the num­ber one threat to bio­di­ver­sity world­wide.

Habi­tat loss is the top threat in Aus­tralia too, an as­sess­ment that is backed up by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s State of the En­vi­ron­ment Re­ports in 2011 and 2016.

It is the sin­gle big­gest fac­tor adding to Aus­tralia’s list of threat­ened species.

Does Mr Black­well ex­pect us to ac­cept that some­how the Strathbogie For­est bucks this trend?

I com­mend Strathbogie Shire for their stance and urge them to stren­u­ously lobby the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment to cease na­tive for­est log­ging in the Strathbogie For­est.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Strathbogie Sus­tain­able Forests Group for their on­go­ing cam­paign and com­mit­ment to this cause.

Well done to all those who wrote to politi­cians and Vic­forests, at­tended protests and copped the fines for do­ing so. You are all truly in­spi­ra­tional. The sci­en­tific ev­i­dence that habi­tat loss is the prime cause of species de­cline is over­whelm­ing.

We should no longer tol­er­ate those who blindly and wil­fully deny this.

Mr Black­well, just be­cause you haven’t seen some­thing doesn’t mean that it is not hap­pen­ing.

If you hide your head in the sand you don’t see any­thing ei­ther.

Bron­wyn Starkey, Euroa

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