Glider seems fine
IT is incredibly sad to be writing about the lock up of Strathbogie State Forest, for those who support our local sustainable timber industry our worst fears are realised in the Victorian Labor Party’s announcement.
Daniel Andrews and his ministers are many things, including incredibly clever with the wording of their announcement to “protect” the greater glider possum by locking up the Strathbogie state forest.
The general public on first glance would likely commend the Victorian state Labor government for protecting greater glider possums, however, the general public have not been enlightened with the postharvest greater glider survey results that prove timber harvesting and the possum co-exist, and have done for 100 years or more.
Here are the results for greater glider surveys in a logging coupe named Barjarg Flats that VicForests have recently harvested, it makes for thoughtful reading.
Prior to the Barjarg Flats coupe harvest, the Arthur Rylah Institute carried out three 500m transect surveys in the coupe between October and December in 2017 and found 22 Greater Gliders.
The number of Greater Gliders found during post-harvest surveys were:
Post-harvest (VicForests surveys) Spring 2018: 13;
Post-harvest (VicForests surveys) Summer 2019: 9;
Post-harvest (VicForests surveys) Autumn 2019: 20;
Post-harvest (VicForests surveys) Winter 2019: 19.
Food for thought when you hear of the devastation this announcement will have on local businesses, and firewood costing a great deal more not to mention the guilt of knowing the carbon footprint involved in transporting firewood and timber from interstate or overseas.
Regional Victoria is in dire trouble; our apathy only feeds the ideology and daring of a state Labor government obsessed with green votes and policies.
I write only in the hope that people will keep these findings in mind for the next election, because should the opposition support the timber industry in Strathbogie they will be accused of being environmental vandals when this is not the case at all.
In the meantime, buy some Victorian hardwood, it’ll most likely be like your old Holden; a collector’s item, a good investment, and a reminder of better times in this state.
Paul Hobby, Wangaratta