What evidence would be enough for you?
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