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All photos were taken in Mount Rae forest by Mark Selmes.They were taken over many years and over many seasons. The exceptions are those taken by professional photographer Andy Stavert in winter 2008.
The developer and his forestry networks showed a small portion of one property at the height of drought in 2007. During 2006 nothing was in flower.
This property, the Firewood Barons , had been grazed with stock without spell for many years. This despite it being heavily wooded , and forestry networks describing it of being of “no agricultural value” . Despite there own findings , that to improve understorey values stock should be excluded.. Of course they made no mention of these facts.
They then tried to pass of the entire Mount Rae forest as “overstocked” with trees. That this means they cannot grow to their full potential and thus the forest lacks hollows as well as understorey plants.
They claimed these are signs of an “unhealthy ” forest. It is apparently “dead and dying” “in senescence” “moribund” and can only be saved by logging it for commercial firewood.
This is allowed under PNF legislation as long as 20 trees are left for every 2 ha. (5 acres).
this property PNF approved for commercial firewood logging
existing habitat: Hollow bearing trees and a small pond
Ignoring all genuine science about this forest the Southern Tablelands Farm Forestry Network (STFFN) claim that opponents to their plans to log Mount Rae Forest for firewood rely on cute images of “possums and kangaroos” . So here’s a few cute images for them…
I love my mum , and we both love Mount Rae Forest exactly as it is.
Firewood logging in the forest ? WHAT THE ....
THE WILDLIFE OF THE FOREST NEED A SAVIOUR. "Please Lord , hear my prayer. The Environment Department has forsaken us. Please save us from logging and mining in this forest.
Hello possums. Have you heard that the STFFN are backing a firewood flogger to cut down trees in this forest at a commercial scale. They say they are improving it for us! More like STuFF'N it for us!
and a not so cute photo...
- Detail Mount Rae Forest-winter 2008 -Andy Stavert
The Forest-taken by Mark Selmes in summer 2012
Photos by Andy Stavert were taken in 2008 and donated to raise this forests profile and raise funds. The originals were kinAndy’s photos were transferred to canvas by Bob and Sonja Millis (ARTHEAD -Goulburn) and sold at a fundraiser (see page COMMUNITY EFFORTS elsewhere on this site)
- Trees in winter- Andy Stavert 2008 Mount Rae forest
- Tree study by Andy Stavert-Mount Rae Forest winter 2008
- Mount Rae Forest Winter 2008 by Andy Stavert
- Mount Rae Forest winter 2008