Forest Protectors Update

The Jarrahdale Forest Protectors (JFP) have been fighting to protect the Mundlimup Forest.  Forest Products Commission (FPC) scheduled the area for logging but have delayed action and JFP now feel it is safe to say Mundlimup west of Blue Rock Road, including the Walk and Cycle Trails which were de-veloped with the Department of Environment and the Jarrahdale Heritage Soci-ety are saved and that the forest surrounding Strilingia Road is safe for the fore-seeable future.  BUT this is yet to be confirmed in writing and JFP and Forest Rescue will continue to monitor the area closely and ensure the roading does not take place.

What did the locals say?  The group has in the past 6 months conducted a sur-vey of local residents which  indicated that 88% of people did not want logging in the forest so close to their town.  Questions have been asked in Parliament, Ministers have been written to, and many articles have been published on the plight of the forest.   A petition was tabled in the Upper House and a parlia-mentary committee visited and made recommendation to FPC that it take into account the locals’ concerns.  The Shire and the Department of Conservation (DEC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the Discovery Forest Concept which has an educational and research focus as well as tour-ism.  Work has already begun with funding being sought for the information shelters which will be placed along the route.  This will increase visitors to Jar-rahdale and provide benefits for us all.

JFP have represented Mundlimup at various forums includ-ing the Walk Against Warming where Sheila Twine and Vicky Kerfoot wore the impressive tabards ensuring people know about the  fight for the Jarrahdale forest.

JFP met with many representatives from all levels of Gov-ernment.  Gordon Graham A/CEO of the Conservation Commission was shown the extent of clearing of the forest from Alcoa’s operations and agreed that it was time again to speak to the relevant ministers.   He was also shown the ef-fect the Water Corporation’s Wungong Experiment is hav-ing on the jarrah forest.  The Conservation Commission are reviewing the prescription with DEC.

Three years ago Charles Kerfoot was amazed to come across a log whilst working in the forest.  It was in one piece, 5 metres long, with a diameter of 1.8 metres and estimated to weigh 12 tonne when green.  He was deter-mined that it should be preserved from wild-fire, prescribed burns and further deterioration.  He felt it should be shown to future genera-tions as an example of a jarrah tree.  Records show this size tree was common.  The tree, estimated to be 400 years old, was probably cut down in the 1950s, found to be too large to move with available machinery and was left behind.  It has weathered and been attacked by termites but is still an impressive sight.  Phil Griffiths, Ian Nice, Rick Lynn with Charles Kerfoot have placed the log in position at the Jarrahdale Heritage Park.

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Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 October 2010 06:53)

 

Save our Jarrah, Mr Barnett?

 

NO Economic Case for Logging Mundlimup Forest


ALANNAH MACTIERNAN MLA

MEMBER FOR ARMADALE


MEDIA STATEMENT

24 June 2010

NO ECONOMIC CASE FOR LOGGING MUNDLIMUP FOREST

The drop in demand for timber by sawmillers means that the Government can afford to spare Mundlimup forest and turn it into Jarrahdale’s Kings Park said Alannah MacTiernan MLA.

Further, the costs of regeneration, uncovered in Budget Estimates indicates that it could well cost Forest Products Commission more to log than they earn from wood sales.

Ms MacTiernan said she obtained information in Budget Estimates that showed over the last two years sawmillers have not taken the volume of logs they are entitled to under the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) because of declining demand for their products.

Indeed two of the major sawmills are only taking 50%-60% of their entitlement and overall the demand over the last two years is down by more than 23% from the contracted allocation under the RFA.

“The Barnett Government cannot continue to argue that it cannot save the 300 hectares of Mundlimup that have been earmarked for logging because of their contractual obligations.”

“At most the 300 hectares will yield 4,500 tonnes of first and second grade logs. Yet the demand for these logs over the last two years is 80,000 tonnes less than allocated under the RFA, giving plenty of capacity to liberate Mundlimup from logging while still meeting the requirements of the industry.

Further, the Minister for Forestry has refused to allow the Forest Product Commission to release details of the costs and revenues for the Mundlimup forest. However, we were able to get general costings, which indicate that the work done by the Department of Environment and Conservation on Mundlimup would cost the Forest Products Commission around $140,000.

“This cost means expenditure is likely to exceed revenue on this exercise”

So the people of Jarrahdale will lose a quality forest for no benefit at all and despite there being no contractual necessity for doing so.

“This refusal to remove Mundlimup from the logging programme in this circumstance amounts to environmental vandalism.”

Media Contact: 9495 4877 or 0439 043 030

 

Last Updated (Monday, 26 July 2010 03:10)

 

Delights & Devistation Walk July 2010


The delights and devistation walk was a delight. Many people arrived for the walk (despite the weather). Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLA and Mundlimup supporters posed for a photograph sitting on a wasted Jarrah log.


Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 July 2010 02:10)

 

2010 Update

The Jarrahdale Forest Protectors are still campaigning and raising awareness throughout the wider community. Despite meeting with these people and organisations:

  • Minister Redman
  • Forest Products Commission
  • Dept of Environment & Conservation
  • Conservation Commission
  • Water Corporation
  • Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire
  • Tony Simpson MLS
  • Alison Xamon Greens MP
  • WA Forests Alliance & Concervation Counsel

... (a lot of people, eh?)... the logging has been DEFERRED to Sept or October, but the ROADS are set to be built in MARCH and APRIL (Yes, that's now!)  The Jarrahdale Forest Protectors are hopeful that the new CEO of the Forest Products Commission will see the value of keeping our native forests intact.

Delight at Dardanup at LOGGING HALTED. Celebration in the Dardanup local community as the logging of their LOCAL FOREST by the FPC STOPS as a full environmental investigation begins!  These Dardanup Forests (forests that contain five-hundred year old trees) were going to MAKE the taxpayers $160,000, after all!  The community are delighted as the Government recognises the value of ancient forests as not only ANCIENT FORESTS, but as living, breathing parts of the community and are more valuable an asset left where they are.

THE FOREST RESCUE, who have been welcomed by the Jarrahdale Community at large, have seen this as the beginning of the campaign to save the NATIVE FORESTS in WA.  They have moved their camp to Mundlimup where they have continued to be vigilant in case the roading begins.  The local community has become empowered to continue to fight to save our forests.

On a STATE LEVEL, Independent MP Janet Woollard has introduced a motion into the Legislative Assembly calling on the House to have the Standing Committee on Economics and Industry inquire into the costs and benefits of Native Forest Logging under the Existing Forest Management Plan and to place a moratorium on logging until the Government responds to the Committee's Report.

The JARRAHDALE FOREST PROTECTORS have begun a COMMUNITY SURVEY of Jarrahdale Residents to demonstrate the commitment of the entire community to cease logging of the Mundlimup Forests adjoining the Town.

 

Last Updated (Thursday, 25 March 2010 14:46)

 

SMALL COMMUNITY CONFRONTS THE GOVERNMENT

Media Release DATE: 16/10/2009

SMALL COMMUNITY CONFRONTS THE GOVERNMENT

The small community of Jarrahdale, in the hills one hour south east of Perth, is bracing to confront the State government and the Forest Products Commission (FPC) over the logging of the local Jarrah forest on the edge of the town.

In July, locals came out in force at a town meeting and the Jarrahdale Forest Protectors (JFPs) group was formed. Their aim is to counter the proposed destruction.

A spokesperson for the group, Mr Leif Jamvold, said that the unlogged forest represents the town’s economic future. The local shire is working towards that aim.

“To cut it down at a financial loss is madness,” he said. “Taxpayers are subsidising Gunns saw millers and losing an irreplaceable asset.”

On 13 September 2009, representatives from the Jarrahdale Forest Protectors met with the Minister for Forests, the Hon. Terry Redman, to voice their opposition to the logging.

Jarrahdale Forest Protectors highlighted a recent Department of Environment and Conservations (DEC) report which said that the Swan Region, including Jarrahdale, had already been over logged, and that the size and quality of the trees being taken is ever decreasing.

Jarrahdale Forest Protectors believed FPC’s operations were run at a loss and that the logging is unsustainable.

“An irreplaceable asset will be lost for the sake of short term shareholder interests.” Mr Jamvold said.

“Keeping the forest intact is financially viable and responsible. Any money made by the huge tourist potential of the area would benefit the local economy, rather than government subsidies to Gunns, via the FPC, going outside the State or overseas.

“Proper management of forests is crucial for Western Australia’s future, in the fight against climate change and diminishing rainfall, and to reduce carbon emissions,” he said.

In the meeting with the Jarrahdale Forest Protectors Minister Redman said he could not stop the logging. In a statement to Parliament on 15 September 2009, he confirmed this by saying: “I do not want to back away from this harvest process.”

“Jarrahdale locals have lots of support from around Perth and down south and we are ready to take peaceful direct action to stop the logging when the FPC moves in with their machinery,” Mr Jamvold said.

Contact:

Leif Jamvold C/- Jarrahdale Forest Protectors, Jarrahdale Post Office 6124

Mob: 0437 007 759

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 28 October 2009 03:04)

 

Jarrahdale Forest Heritage

"Such a sight will never be seen again..."

From a speech by Ron Chapman, 18 June 2009:

Before we discuss the impending threats to our local forests, I would like to present a brief overview of Jarrahdale's forest heritage and why it is so important to us.

I will begin with two quotations. Jesse Hammond, who worked as a 16-year-old at Jarrahdale in the early days of the timber trade, recognised the beauty of the forest:

'I will never forget the Jarrah forest at Jarrahdale.
I think it was one of the most wonderful natural sights I saw
before the Wanliss Timber Company put their mill there and cut it all out.
Such a sight will never be seen again in Western Australia.'[1]

In The Mills of Jarrahdale, published in 1972, V.G. Fall also gave his impressions of Jarrahdale's forests:

'Even at the present day, when it has been cut over for a hundred years,
the forest at Jarrahdale is an impressive sight.
A hundred years ago, before it had ever heard the sound of an axe or saw,
it must have been magnificent.
The great Jarrah trees rose a hundred or a hundred and fifty feet to the sky…"

Read more about Jarrahdale's Forest Heritage

 

 

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