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Hancock's logging practices -

Updates Late September - November 2001

Pre-1998 | Early 2000 | Late 2000 | Sept 2001a | Sept 2001b|

Sept c -Nov 2001| Jan 2002| May 2002a | May 2002b|

September/October 2001:

Pine plantation logged by Australian Paper Plantations and aerially sprayed by Grand Ridge Plantations Pty Ltd on 21 September 2001. According to John Cameron General Manager of Grand Ridge Plantations in a letter to Friends of the Earth dated 2 October 2001, "The herbicides used were Simazine, Lontrel and Verdict. This formulation is not available in granular form". Mr Cameron also included a sheet entitled Environmental Precautions Helicopter Spraying which included the point "All permanent streams are sampled to confirm free of contamination". A letter sent by Friends of the Earth to Mr Cameron sent October 15, 2001 asked in regard to the above point, "when the samples were taken, who took the samples, how often the samples were taken and where the sampling took place?" Friends of the Earth also asked for a written copy of the sample results. Friends of the Earth is still waiting for a response to the letter.

October 2001:

Recent pine logging by Grand Ridge Plantations in the Traralgon Creek catchment - 2km's north of Mount Tassie. Note lack of buffer zones in drainage lines.

November 2001:

Roading in the Merrimans Creek catchment.

 

 

December 2001:

Plantation 93-78: At this site, just off Livingston Road, a logging track was cut across the top of a gully feeding into the Morwell River West Branch. It is also evident that a Blackwood had been cut down (to be supplied to whom?). Soil movement will be likely to occur at this site die to the poor quality of the logging track.

 

November 2001:

Plantation LEGL 93-83. Illegal logging was observed taking place at the end of York Road in the Franklin River catchment. Loggers are apparently going after Blackwoods in an area of regenerating forest. Massive amounts of soil disturbed at the site, with at least 1km logging 'roads'illegally bulldozed through the bush. Grand Ridge Plantations were informed in late November. This photo shows what all the destruction is about. A blackwood stump with the tree obviously being removed. This indicates that an illegal Blackwood market is occurring in Victoria with trees sourced from the Strzeleckis.

 

October 2001:

Grand Ridge Plantations (Hancock) after the near completion of logging of this pine plantation in the Morrison Creek catchment.

 

November 2001:

Plantation LEGL 93-83. Illegal logging was observed taking place at the end of York Road in the Franklin River catchment. Loggers are apparently going after Blackwoods in an area of regenerating forest. Massive amounts of soil disturbed at the site, with at least 1km logging 'roads'illegally bulldozed through the bush. Grand Ridge Plantations were informed in late November.

 

 

November 2001:

Plantation LEGL 93-106. Hancock Watch observed loggers in this location mainly driving their bulldozers and logging machinery off road when in many cases the road would have sufficed. Offroad bulldozer operations were observed for several km's in the Merrimans Creek catchment

October 2001:

Plantation LEGL 93-106. Recent pine logging in the Merrimans and Sassafras Creek catchments. Note the extent of native vegetation remaining in the Sassafras catchment on the far ridge.

 

October 2001:

Plantation LEGL 93-106. Massive soil disturbance caused by logging contractors in the Merrimans Creek catchment. Domestic water catchment for the town of Seaspray.

 

October 2001:

Plantation LEGL 93-106. Merriman Creek catchment. Photo taken from near Callignee South. Recent pine logging.

 

October 2001:

Plantation LEGL 93-106. Merriman Creek catchment. Photo taken from near Callignee South. Recent pine logging.

 

October 2001:

Plantation LEGL 93-106. Merriman Creek catchment. Photo taken from near Callignee South. Recent pine logging showing poor roading..

 

October 2001:

Plantation LEGL 93-106. Merriman Creek catchment. Photo taken from near Callignee South. Recent pine logging showing poor roading including slumping batters.

 

October 2001:

Recent pine logging by Grand Ridge Plantations in the Traralgon Creek catchment - 2km's north of Mount Tassie. Note lack of buffer zones in drainage lines.

 

October 2001:

Recent pine logging by Grand Ridge Plantations in the Traralgon Creek catchment - 2km's north of Mount Tassie. Cable logged due to steepness of slopes. Is this type of plantation forestry sustainable?

 

October 2001:

Photo taken from Mount Tassie looking north into Latrobe Valley. Grand Ridge Plantations pine logging occurring in the Traralgon Creek catchment. It is also evident that vast areas of pine plantations throughout Victoria have been logged by Hancock in the past two years. How sustainable has this logging been? Rumour has it that workers are claiming that Victorian Plantation Corporation, prior to the sale to Hancock, were targeting the best of the pine plantations in the state, for logging in order to make the sale price look more impressive to potential buyers. Rumour also suggests that sustainable yield throughout the state has been breached leading to rumours that Hancock possibly wants to cut and run.

 

October 2001:

Recent pine logging by Grand Ridge Plantations in the Traralgon Creek catchment - 2km's north of Mount Tassie. Note lack of buffer zones in drainage lines.

 

 

 

October 2001:

Grand Ridge Plantations (Hancock) and an eastern tributary of Morrison Creek.

 

 

November 2001:

Grand Ridge Plantations (Hancock) gully erosion occurring in Morwell River Catchment in recently logged pine plantation.

 

 

November 2001:

Grand Ridge Plantations (Hancock) recently logged pine plantation with roading resembling a quarry in plantation just off Midland Highway.

November 2001:

Grand Ridge Plantations (Hancock) recently logged plantation.

This photo indicates the steepness of the slopes at something like 45 degrees in places.

 

 

 





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