Hancock's logging practices
Update May 2002
HANCOCK/GRAND RIDGE PLANTATIONS CONTINUE SELLING OFF LAND SUPPOSED TO THE PROTECTED UNDER 1997 AGREEMENT BETWEEN AMCOR AND FRIENDS OF GIPPSLAND BUSH.
For further details of this agreement please go to www.australianpaper.forests.org.au/index2/generalinfo1.htm#agreement
THE FOLLOWING BLOCKS WERE INCLUDED IN THIS AGREEMENT.
Glenaladale Forest Block
This land was known as Crown Allotment 27B Parish of Marlooh. The land has been subdivided into 4 allotments. One allotment of land has been sold. The rare plant species Ziera smithii Sandfly Ziera has been recorded in 10 locations on this site and is considered to be common within the study area. The allotments are also considered to be dominated by Herb Rich Lowland Forest, an Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) considered to be rare within Victoria. One bird (Australian Owlet-nightjar) and three mammal species (White-striped Mastiff Bat, Dusky Antechinus and Eastern Pygmy-possum) of regional significance have been recorded within the Forest Block. This block is considered to be of regional conservation significance or greater.
Delpretes Forest Block
This area consists of six blocks of native vegetation within the Eastern Highlands Natural Region. All of the forest blocks have been sold. One of the plant species, Genoplesium despectans Sharp Midge Orchid, recorded from two locations within the study area, is considered to have a poorly known conservation significance within Australia. Another species found at Delpretes, Eucalyptus fulgens Green Scentbark is considered to be vulnerable in Victoria. Green Scentbark was recorded at 10 sites within the study area and is considered to be common within many of the blocks assessed. The Delpretes Forest Block is considered to be dominated by either Shrubby Foothill Forest or Herb Rich Foothill Forest, Ecological Vegetation Classes considered to be relatively common within Victoria
One bird, Sooty Owl found at Delpretes is of State significance for conservation, and two mammals, Eastern False Pipistrelle and Koala, are considered to be of regional significance for conservation. The Sooty Owl is restricted to wet gullies, and has been recorded at relatively few sites within Victoria - its presence here renders the site of significant conservation importance.
All land allotments at this site have been sold. The rare plant species Heath Platysace Platysace ericoides was recorded from three locations within the northern block. The dominant vegetation of the northern block was also considered to be dominated by Herb Rich Lowland Forest, an Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) considered to be rare within Victoria. The southern block of vegetation was considered to be dominated by the EVC Damp Sands Herb Rich Foothill Forest of regional conservation significance. Numerous other plant species recorded within both Forest Blocks are considered to be of regional conservation significance. One reptile (Tree Goanna), two birds (Wonga pigeon and Yellow-tufted Honeyeater) and five mammals (Dusky Antechinus, Greater Glider, Eastern Pygmy-possum, White-striped Freetail-bat and Little Forest Bat) of regional significance were recorded within the Forest Blocks.
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