Kim Chance

Kim Chance

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt; Great Southern

    Regrowth forests tell the real story.

    29/11/2007 8:59 PM

    Forestry Minister Kim Chance today rebuffed Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown’s suggestion for Labor MPs to visit recently logged native forests, saying the best way to assess the long-term impact of native forestry was to visit a regrowth forest.

    “Forestry is a long-term undertaking and if you visit a recently logged coupe, you only see a tiny part of the whole picture,” Mr Chance said.

    “It is more relevant to visit several forest blocks in different stages of regrowth to fully comprehend the cycle of growth, harvesting and regeneration.

    “Then you will begin to understand how a vibrant forest in a relatively rapid stage of regeneration is able to absorb and sequester carbon in a way that old-growth forests cannot.”

    The Minister invited new members of the Federal Parliament to visit Western Australia so he could personally show them around some of the State’s very healthy regrowth forests.

    “For example, east of Dwellingup we have some beautiful areas of Jarrah which were logged heavily up to the 1960s and which have regenerated in response to the Dwellingup fire. Similarly, north of Greenbushes, we have fine stands of Jarrah which are about 60 years old. In Big Brook and Treen Brook too, we have excellent examples of Karri regrowth from the 1930s,” he said.

    “Finally, to complete the picture, it would be important to visit some areas which have been logged and regenerated more recently, according to the most up-to-date management practices, in accordance with international standards.

    “For example, I could show my new Federal colleagues examples of solid renewal around Harvey, or other parts of the forest around Dwellingup, or North Kirup which clearly demonstrate that WA forest management is among the best in the world.”

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