Public land management for the good people

Yesterday’s news indicating the Forestry Corporation lost nearly $8 million last year would seem closely connected with the recent outcomes from the inquiry into the management of public land in NSW.

Naturally the majority recommendation from the inquiry to log in National Parks has been given the most publicity although catching my attention was the input from now retired Forester Vic Jurskis, whose name is referred to 28 times in the inquiry report .

This over abundance would be OK if Vic had been challenged on any of his claims but it appears that was not the case. According to Vic putting forests into National Park leads to – ” … damage to soils and water catchments, loss of biodiversity, chronic decline of eucalypts and proliferation of pests, parasites, diseases and megafires as a consequence of excluding frequent low intensity fire from the landscape and failing to employ ecologically analagous practices such as grazing or slashing to mimic natural ecosystem processes.’

Of course the same can be said for State Forests but the claim that these issues are ‘a consequence of excluding frequent low intensity fire’ is ridiculous and neither grazing or slashing can mimic natural ecosystem processes.

Vic’s theories are based on the notion that animals were not a critical part of natural processes and this belief is entrenched in the Forestry Corp. I did attempt to ring their Land Admin officer on associated issues but was put onto Kevin Petty who like his boss Daniel Tuan is paid to lie, not much change there.

Tomorrow the Bega Shire Council will decide on a proposal to increase the number of shooting days at the shotgun range to two days a month. Council staff have recommended the proposal be approved although if Councilors approve it their claims to be supporting Aboriginal self determination and koala recovery efforts will take a slide.

As indicated in the site plan the shotgun range is immediately adjacent to State Forest (Murrah) and Council’s approval to increase shooting is consistent with the notion that threats to koalas don’t come from people because everything people do is good.

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