Forestry peace and genome management

News that the ‘Tassie forest peace’ is moving forward, that some local groups will continue their campaigns, the Greens aren’t too happy with the ‘gutted’ outcome and the Liberal opposition intend to ‘unlock every stick’ of the agreement, should not come as a surprise.

A bit of a shock though was Forestry Tasmania who ‘guaranteed to follow the letter and the spirit of the deal’ in all but a small number of ‘transitional coupes’ and work toward Forest Stewardship Council certification.

Mostly because I’d intended to ring with questions about timber but also about these developments and koalas, I gave Forestry Corp regional manager Nick Roberts a ring on the off chance he may pick up. No such luck though, after being diverted a recorded message indicated they were all busy and then the call was diverted again to an answering machine, so I left my number just in case they haven’t got it.

ACT ABC tele had an interesting item on the tablelands koalas a couple of days ago. Spread over some 140,000 hectares stretching 120 kl from east of Cooma, in the Eden region, to Queanbeyan in the north, reference is made to koalas burned in the 12,000 ha fire, their Chlamydia free status and that this breeding population has a unique genome.

Genetic analysis of all koala populations was supposed to be undertaken as a requirement of the Federal vulnerable listing but as yet no research papers have produced for koalas in SENSW. 

Despite this lack of information some are happy to be treated like mushrooms (kept in the dark-fed with s–t) as found in a SERCA submission dated January 2013 to a parliamentary inquiry on the effectiveness of the threatened species act where they quote,

”  . . . local koala expert, Chris Allen, agrees that: anything less than a substantial reduction in the extent of logging activity in that [Eden] area will almost certainly make that [koala] population go extinct.”

If it weren’t for the inserted words you wouldn’t know where or what Allen was actually talking about although SERCA add – ” We understand that the findings of the latest survey show that there has been a very slight increase in their numbers and that because of favorable seasons and more moisture they could be coming back from the brink.
These finding have not yet been made public. Once they are distributed by the OE&H, SERCA can forward them as a appendix to this submission. “

A couple of weeks ago Chris Allen rang my neighbor asking if he could drive down her track. No purpose was given but when asked about how koalas are going he said ‘they’re breeding’ and one can only assume that at some stage the OE&H will produce something in writing.




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