Updates March03(a)

March 03: Strzelecki Ranges - Cable logged pine plantation on Morwell River East Branch (off Midland Hwy). Note lack of buffers in gully foreground. This was a site previously managed by Australian Paper Plantations (and it shows).

es.March 03: Strzelecki Ranges - Recently logged pine plantation in Morwell River East Branch (off Midland Hwy). This site had a series of snig tracks cut into the hillside. All were eroding badly and will continue to do so especially if heavy rain eventuates.

March 03: Strzelecki Ranges - Recently logged hardwood plantation. Just off Ritchies Road in the Middle Creek Catchment. Snig tracks cut through native vegetation and drainage line. This photo shows the drainage line being dissected in two places with snig tracks. This coupe has quite alot of native vegetation retained, however several drainage lines/gullies had also been breached.

March 03: Strzelecki Ranges - Hardwood coupe in LEGL93-78 near Hatchery Road in the Morwell River West Branch. Another example showing retained native vegetation in a recent Hancock operation. This is an improvement on past practices - although we were unsure whether the coupe had been finished or not.

March 03: Strzelecki Ranges - Tributary of the Morwell River West Branch. Just off Livingston Rd LEGL93-78. This is an innappropriately placed snig track/access road, cut into the gully. Much of this track is already eroding away. Another bulldozer track can be seen in this photo cut into gully. Roadside vegetation (crown land easements) had also been logged at this spot.

March 03: Strzelecki Ranges - Failed plantation at Ritchies Road. Not all hardwood planting is successful. This is an example of inappropriate species being planted at this site some years ago. Plantations in general are one big experiment.

Strzelecki Ranges (Jumbuk): Middle Creek Catchment. Regenerating vegetation bordering logging coupe on Ritchies Road. In the past this area would have been logged as plantation. Hopefully these trees will be rightfully spared from logging.

February 2002: Mayday Creek catchment. North East Victoria. Nasty logging of pine plantations in this catchment just off Hoffman Road (LEGL93-150).

March 2003: Strzelecki Ranges - Middle Creek Catchment. New logging road just off Ritchies Road. Note that there are no drains or culverts. This will be a big problem in times of heavy rainfall, with heavy sediment loads likely to enter Middle Creek.

March 2003: Strzelecki Ranges. LEGL 93-77 - Recent pine logging in drainage line of Morwell River West Branch. Note lack of buffers.

March 2003: Strzelecki Ranges-Recent removal of native vegetation along Ritchies Road in the Middle Creek catchment. Massive logging is expected to take place in this catchment in the next couple of years.

March 2003: Strzelecki Ranges - Recent logging of hardwood 'ash' in the Middle Creek Catchment. Some native vegetation remains, however the extent of native vegetation removal is still substantial. At this site numerous blackwoods appeared to have been logged and removed.

Strzelecki Ranges - Morwell River East Branch. This cool temperate rainforest area warrants 100 metres protection on all buffers surrounding rainforest within the catchment..

Strzelecki Ranges - Morwell River East Branch. This cool temperate rainforest area warrants 100 metres buffer zone protection. Note the Myrtle Beech tree - a remnant of Gondwana.

Strzelecki Ranges (LEGL93-85) - Agnes River catchment. Absolutely superb cool temperate rainforest. Some of the best cool temperate rainforest remaining in Victoria.

November 2002: Jack River Cool Temperate Rainforest on the Strzelecki Ranges southern slopes. (See also LEGL93-92 for more information about this important area). This rainforest warrants protection with 250 metre buffers.

Morwell River East Branch cool temperate rainforest - currently adjacent logging coupes in the catchment. Hancock Watch demands 100 metres minimum buffer zone protection around these relics of Gondwanaland in this catchment.

Late 2002: Middle Creek Catchment. Northern slopes of Strzelecki Ranges. Southern Sassafrass Cool Temperate Rainforest with no Myrtle Beech. This is a relatively rare occurence in the Strzeleckis and warrants greater protection.

November 2002: Jack River cool temperate rainforest in the Strzelecki Ranges. This area warrants 250 metre buffer. (See also LEGL93-92 for more information about this important area).

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