Hancock Watch

July 2009 Updates

College Creek: Site of National Conservation Significance being logged now by Hancock.

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July 2009: Sunset on old growth tree at College Creek. Will this tree survive the onslaught?

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Recent clearfelling of 34 year old Mt Ash in this site of National Conservation Significance.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Another view of the logging in the central south of the catchment.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Tributary of College Creek containing regenerating cool temperate rainforest.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Tributary of College Creek. Under a deal brokered by Minister Gavin Jennings and Hancock in August 2008, the community had been promised rainforest buffers of 60m in College Creek. The above image shows vanishingly small 'buffer', with logging only 25m away from Myrtle Beech.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Tributary of College Creek. Myrtle Beech inside regenerating rainforest. Hancock have attempted to get round the 60m buffers by redefining what rainforest actually is, contrary to scientific opinion. FSC auditors Smartwood have also decided to ignore scientifically based rainforest definitions.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Tributary of College Creek. If this isn't rainforest, perhaps Hancock would like to explain what it is?

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Tributary of College Creek. Logging has come within 30m of this rainforest, which according to Hancock does not exist.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Tributary of College Creek. Inside the rainforest showing how close the logging has come. Logging disturbs the fragile microclimate inside rainforests, making them more prone to dry out.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Tributary of College Creek. Myrtle Beech tree only 25m away from logging. Person in photo is holding the measuring tape that measured the 'buffer'.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Track 32 which is a public road. Hancock have removed Crown Reserve from the road, a practice they have been doing for 10 years. This practice is most likely illegal, yet Latrobe City Council ignores the issue.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Track 32, more roadside reserve gone.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Track 32 logging with crappy looking pulp logs for the Nippon Paper owned Maryvale Pulp Mill

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Track 32 Crown Reserve destroyed.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Track 32 Crown Reserve destroyed. This was prime koala habitat.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/College Creek: Track 32 Crown Reserve destroyed. Botched roading at head of rainforest gully, most likely breaches Code of Forest Practice, but Latrobe City Council aren't interested.

Asplenslip Track (Tarwin River Catchment headwaters) next 8 images

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Turtons Creek Asplenslip Track: Inside Cores and Links Reserve. Note burnt log dumps in supposed rainforest reserve.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Turtons Creek Asplenslip Track: ditto.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Turtons Creek Asplenslip Track: ditto.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Turtons Creek Asplenslip Track: More logging carnage inside rainforest reserve.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Turtons Creek Asplenslip Track: A poorly formed logging track was pushed into this site inside the cores and links reserve, in order to log only a handful of logs. Logging took place within metres of Cool Temperate Rainforest species.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Turtons Creek Asplenslip Track: Mother Spleenwort, a rainforest indicator species, growing only metres from recent logging.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Turtons Creek Asplenslip Track: Another rainforest indicator species, growing only metres from recent logging.

Craig Court (Morwell River West Branch headwaters) next 16 images

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Logging commenced at this site in June 2007. Craig Court was one of the first areas logged under the Cores and Links Rainforest Agreement. It was also suggested that spraying with herbicides also occurred at the site sometime in late 2007, which would have delayed regeneration. The Cores and Links agreement allowed a once only logging in some areas with the logged areas immediately retired and allowed to regenerate into native vegetation and added to the reserve system. For some reason Hancock went into these sites and hand planted eucalypts, probably as a carbon sink ruse. This photo shows one of their plantings (in the foreground) with naturally occurring eucalyptus regrowth growing better than the planted trees.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Regeneration slowly occurring on site most likely sprayed with herbicides 18 months earlier. Regeneration is not occurring on logging track almost two years after the logging took place.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: More eucalypts naturally regenerating on the site less than two years after logging.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: More proof that natural regeneration is more successful than hand plantings.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Poor regeneration occurring on track that was heavily compacted by logging vehicles. Regeneration of eucalpyts in the distance of this site are non-plantation trees logged by Hancock in 2007.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Healthy colonising species coming back, 18 months after area was sprayed for whatever reason.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Regenerating Mountain Hickory Wattle Acacia obliquinervia after logging. The species is rather rare in the Strzeleckis with a few records in the Tarra-Bulga area at the eastern end and in the headwaters of the Morwell and Franklin Rivers at the SW end of the ranges. The species typically has quite blue-grey leaves but this is due to a waxy coating which can be literally melted away by the heat of the fingers or by leaving in a hot atmosphere. Why did Hancock log this species habitat in 2007?

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Browsed planted eucalypts, eaten by wallabies.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Dead planted tree surrounded by healthy native regeneration. Was the hand planting essentially a waste of time and money? Nature knows best?

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Healthy 18 month old natural regeneration inside rainforest reserve. None of this was planted.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Naturally regenerating eucalypt, possibly 18 months old, with rainforest gully in distance.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Colonising species mainly snowy daisy-bush, Olearia lirata, growing in logged coupe in rainforest reserve. 18 months after logging.

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July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Craig Court: Noxious Weed Arum Lily inside rainforest reserve, spread by Hancock.

Grey Gum Track (Morwell River headwaters) next 4 images

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Grey Gum Track approximately 2 1/2 years after logging. Note poor regeneration on compressed soils on logging tracks and log dumps. Silver Wattle starting to dominate this disturbed site.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Grey Gum Track approximately 2 1/2 years after logging. Healthy signs of regeneration.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Grey Gum Track approximately 2 1/2 years afyer logging. More piles of slash have been dumped at this site, further retarding regrowth near the track.

Annes Track (Morwell River West Branch) next 6 images

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Annes Track. Approximately 12 months after logging. Poor Regeneration inside Cores and Links Reserve.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Annes Track. Recent bulldozing activity in the rainforest reserve has set back coupe regeneration by at least 6-12 months, with natural regen being destroyed in the process. This bulldozing took place over several hectares, what for?

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Annes Track. Headwaters logging inside rainforest reserve.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Annes Track. Non plantation stump, probably ended up at local sawmill.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Annes Track. No protection for Slender Tree Ferns, another rainforest indicator species.

Morwell River West Branch Road next two images

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Road, about 22 months after logging by Hancock in rainforest reserve.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Road, about 22 months after logging, regeneration not so prolific at this site. Site was also hand planted.

Radburns Road (Morwell River headwaters)

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Off Radburns Road about 30 months after logging in rainforest reserve. Patchy regen.

Trease Track (Morwell River headwaters) next 4 images

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Trease Track. More bulldozing of young regen, inside cores and links rainforest reserve, thereby undermining regen for some time.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Trease Track. More bulldozing of young regen, why? At least a hectare of this logging coupe has been bulldozed about one year after logging had stopped at the site.

July 2009 Strzelecki Ranges/Morwell River West Branch Trease Track. Slash left on old logging coupe inside rainforest reserve, what will grow on this?

Until next time...