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SUSTAINABLE LOGGING REVIEW:

AREAS WE WANT OFF THE LOGGING SCHEDULE*:

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COUPES LISTED ARE NOT EXHAUSTIVE. OTHER GROUPS HAVE OTHER COUPES THAT THEY ALSO WANT WITHDRAWN FROM LOGGING. THIS STUDIES SCOPE WAS LIMITED - ESPECIALLY IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE REGION. HENCE WE DIDN’T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COVER THE ENTIRE REGION.

NORTH EAST FOREST MANAGEMENT AREA

CORRYONG DISTRICT

2001/2002 - Year 1

676 Cravensville: Coupes reduced by 1. (Gibb Gum Coupe - 12/676/512/0003). Hectares logged to be reduced by 50.63%. A+B logs (-42%), C (-35.89%), D (-38.71%), Total Vol D+ (-37.65%), Residual (-37.88%).

695 Nariel: No Change

700 Pinnibar: Coupes reduced by 3. (Upper Shady Bridge 12/700/524/0001, Radio Corner 12/700/549/0005, Boomerang 12/700/554/0006) Hectares logged to be reduced by 48.54%. A+B logs (-34.04%), C (-43.87%), D (-34.25%), Total Vol D+ (-39.32%), Residual (-33.33%).

701 Saltpetre: No Change

CORRYONG DISTRICT TOTAL 2001/2002 YEAR 1: Coupes reduced by 4. Hectares logged to be reduced by 31.14%. A+B logs (-25.95%), C (-27.46%), D (-24.22%), Total Vol D+ (-26.30%), Residual (-19.72%).

TALLANGATTA DISTRICT

2001/2002 - Year 1

666 Lucyvale: No change

668 Bullioh: Coupes reduced by 1. (Barkmans 02 12/668/001/0009) Hectares logged to be reduced by 29.31%. A+B logs (-66.66%), C (-50.00%), D (-54.54%), Total Vol D+ (-51.35%), Residual (-61.29%).

686 Snowy: Coupes reduced by 1. (Wills 08 12/686/508/0008) Hectares logged to be reduced by 13.57%. A+B logs (-25.71%), C (-22.06%), D (-18.18%), Total Vol D+ (-22.22%), Residual (-22.22%).

TALLANGATTA DISTRICT TOTAL 2001/2002 YEAR 1: Coupes reduced by 2. Hectares logged to be reduced by 18.47%. A+B logs (-30.23%), C (-26.88%), D (-22.99%), Total Vol D+ (-26.74%), Residual (-32.14%).

BEECHWORTH DISTRICT

2001/2002 - Year 1

591 Magpie: Coupes reduced by 2. (Verns 6 12/591/501/0006, MFP 1 12/591/501/0001) Hectares logged to be reduced by 28.78%. A+B logs (-33.33%), C (-36.36%), D (-33.33%), Total Vol D+ (-34.95%), Residual (-38.46%). Firewood (-25.00%)

592 Dingle: Coupes reduced by 1. (East View 1 12/592/504/0002) Hectares logged to be reduced by 24.69%. A+B logs (-100%), C (-100%), D (-100%), Total Vol D+ (-100%), Residual (-100%).

597 Big Ben: No Change

593 Bruarong: No Change

BEECHWORTH DISTRICT TOTAL 2001/2002 YEAR 1: Coupes reduced by 3. Hectares logged to be reduced by 23.18%. A+B logs (-13.04%), C (-22.75%), D (-21.63%), Total Vol D+ (-21.93%), Residual (-17.31%). Firewood (-6.15%)

BRIGHT DISTRICT: Not included in study.

CORRYONG DISTRICT

2001/2002 CONTINGENCY - YEAR 1 No Change

TALLANGATTA DISTRICT

2001/2002 Contingency - Year 1

674 Wyeebo: No change

675 Mt Cudgewa: No Change

682 Razorback: Coupes reduced by 4. Limestone 01 12/682/506/0001, Limestone 02 12/682/506/0002, Limestone 03 12/682/506/0003, Razorback 02 12/682/506/0001, Hectares logged to be reduced by 100%. A+B logs (-100%), C (-100%), D (-100%), Total Vol D+ (-100%), Residual (-100%).

683 Lightning: No Change

686 Snowy: No Change

TALLANGATTA DISTRICT TOTAL 2001/2002 YEAR 1: Coupes reduced by 4. Hectares logged to be reduced by 49.11%. A+B logs (-5.21%), C (-7.69%), D (-56.14%), Total Vol D+ (-26.06%), Residual (-16.04%).

BEECHWORTH DISTRICT 2001/2002 Contingency - Year 1 No Change.

BRIGHT DISTRICT 2001/2002 Contingency - Year 1 No Change.

CORRYONG DISTRICT 2002/2003 - Year 2

January 2002: Logging coupe just off Cravensville Road - near Mount Cudgewa.

695 Nariel: Coupes reduced by 1. (West Thougla Creek 12/695/532/0003) Hectares logged to be reduced by 33.33%. A+B logs (-57.14%), C (-54.24%), D (-53.85%), Total Vol D+ (-54.35%), Residual (-54.35%).

699 Boebuck: Coupes reduced by 1. (Tempest Playground 12/699/508/0003) Hectares logged to be reduced by 100%. A+B logs (-100%), C (-100%), D (-100%), Total Vol D+ (-100%), Residual (-100%).

700 Pinnibar: Coupes reduced by 1. (Northside 12/700/546/0002) Hectares logged to be reduced by 5.89%. A+B logs (-11.27%), C (-9.04%), D (-14.79%), Total Vol D+ (-10.71%), Residual (-5.80%).

702 Larsen: No Change

CORRYONG DISTRICT TOTAL 2002/2003 YEAR 2: Coupes reduced by 3. Hectares logged to be reduced by 17.92%. A+B logs (-17.22%), C (-22.31%), D (-23.04%), Total Vol D+ (-21.88%), Residual (-15.78%).

TALLANGATTA DISTRICT

2002/2003 - Year 2

666 Lucyvale: No change

675 Mt Cudgewa: No change

682 Razorback: No Change

684 Sunnyside: No Change

686 Snowy: Coupes reduced by 1. (Wills Creek 04 12/686/505/0004) Hectares logged to be reduced by 74.47%. A+B logs (-60.00%), C (-68.63%), D (-60.00%), Total Vol D+ (-64.83%), Residual (-59.66%).

TALLANGATTA DISTRICT TOTAL 2002/2003 YEAR 2: Coupes reduced by 1. Hectares logged to be reduced by 22.43%. A+B logs (-23.32%), C (-28%), D (-19.74%), Total Vol D+ (-24.87%), Residual (-14.19%).

CORRYONG DISTRICT

2003/2004 - Year 3

676 Cravensville: No change

695 Nariel: No Change

697 Dart: Coupes reduced by 1. (Dart River 12/697/506/0002) Hectares logged to be reduced by 84.06%. A+B logs (-72.22%), C (-48.98 D (-50%), Total Vol D+ (-50.37%), Residual (-71.43%).

698 Zulu: No Change

700 Pinnibar: Coupes reduced by 2. (Cattlemans Creek 12/700/523/0002. Headwaters 06 12/700/543/0006) Hectares logged to be reduced by 54.28%. A+B logs (-57.14%), C (-41.67%), D (-51.88%), Total Vol D+ (-46.40%), Residual (-54.08%).

701 Saltpetre: Coupes reduced by 1. (Stuarts Seat 12/701/508/0003) Hectares logged to be reduced by 54.79%. A+B logs (-57.14%), C (-64.28%), D (-68.75%), Total Vol D+ (-64.71%), Residual (-64.71%).

CORRYONG DISTRICT TOTAL 2003/2004 YEAR 3: Coupes reduced by 4. Hectares logged to be reduced by 51.07%. A+B logs (-37.32%), C (-32.79%), D (-40.55%), Total Vol D+ (-35.45%), Residual (-34.61%).

TALLANGATTA DISTRICT

2003/2004 - Year 3

666 Lucyvale: No change

673 Bullhead: Coupes reduced by 1. (Bullhead 03 12/673/001/0012) Hectares logged to be reduced by 47.22%. A+B logs (-42.86%), C (-45.71%), D (-36.36%), Total Vol D+ (-42.94%), Residual (-37.84%).

684 Sunnyside: No Change

686 Snowy: Coupes reduced by 1. (Mt Wills Creek 12/686/510/0012) Hectares logged to be reduced by 31.67%. A+B logs (-28.57%), C (-28.57%), D (-28.57%), Total Vol D+ (-28.57%), Residual (-28.57%).

TALLANGATTA DISTRICT TOTAL 2003/2004 YEAR 3: Coupes reduced by 2. Hectares logged to be reduced by 20.00%. A+B logs (-17.78%), C (-21.20%), D (-18.37%), Total Vol D+ (-19.72%), Residual (-19.93%).

TOTALS:

DNRE FIGURES FOR CORRYONG DISTRICT

YEAR HA A+B C D TOTAL RES
1 395 5010 17480 8875 31365 41825
1cont. 236 1845 5925 2650 10420 13850
2 385 3775 18821 8030 30626 42450
3 562 4100 18295 8015 30410 45145
Total 1578 14730 60521 27570 102821 143270

FOE’S FIGURES IF 10 COUPES IN CORRYONG ARE TAKEN FROM CUTTING SCHEDULE.

YEAR HA A+B C D TOTAL RES
1 272 3710 12680 6725 23315 33575
1cont. 236 1845 5925 2650 10420 13850
2 316 3125 14601 6180 23926 35750
3 275 2570 12295 4765 19630 29520
Total 1099 11250 45501 20320 77091 112695
difference -30.35% -23.63% -24.82% -26.30% -25.13% -21.34%

DNRE FIGURES FOR TALLANGATTA DISTRICT

YEAR HA A+B C D TOTAL RES
1 287 4300 9300 4350 17950 23800
1cont. 224 960 3575 2850 7385 12000
2 156 3860 9375 4560 17795 25020
3 180 4500 10375 4900 19775 27600
Total 847 13620 32625 16660 62905 88420

FOE’S FIGURES IF 9 COUPES IN TALLANGATTA ARE TAKEN FROM CUTTING SCHEDULE.

YEAR HA A+B C D TOTAL RES
1 234 3000 6800 3350 13150 16150
1cont. 114 910 3300 1250 5460 10075
2 121 2960 6750 3660 13370 21470
3 144 3700 8175 4000 15875 22100
Total 613 10570 25025 12260 47855 69795
difference -27.63% -22.40% -23.30% -26.42% -23.93% -21.17%

North East (Gippsland) Forest Management Area Swifts Creek Forest District

2001/2 Summary

Upper Buenba Block: Coupes reduced by 2. (Mt Anderson 4 13/711/506/0004 - Mt Anderson 5 13/711/506/0005).

Hectares logged to be reduced by 80.41%. B+ logs (-84%), C (-82.05%), D (-69.23%), D+ (-80.52%), RL gross (-72.73%), RWD gross (-84.21), Total Product (-80.26).

Gibbo River: No change

Leinster: No change

SWIFTS CREEK FOREST DISTRICT TOTAL 2001/02 YEAR 1: Coupes reduced by 2. Hectares logged to be reduced by 45.35%. B+ logs (-68.85%), C (-52.03%), D (-40.91%), D+ (-54.38%), RL gross (-51.95%), RWD gross (-46.78), Total Product (-51.26).

2001/2 Contingencies

Upper Buenba Block: Coupes reduced by 2. (Buenba Ck. 3 13/711/505/0003 - Buenba Ck. 5 13/711/505/0005). Hectares logged to be reduced by 70.67%. B+ logs (-33.33%), C (-54.17%), D (-54.54%), D+ (-52.63%), RL gross (-50.00%), RWD gross (-52.78), Total Product (-52.63).

Gibbo River: No change

Leinster: No change

SWIFTS CREEK FOREST DISTRICT 2001/02 CONTINGENCIES TOTAL YEAR 1: Coupes reduced by 2. Hectares logged to be reduced by 42.4%. B+ logs (-12.5%), C (-26.53%), D (-26.08%), D+ (-25%), RL gross (-16.67%), RWD gross (-29.23), Total Product (-27.03).

2002/03 Summary

Upper Buenba Block: No change

Upper Buckwong: No Change

Gibbo River: No change

Leinster: Coupes reduced by 2. (Wheatpaddock 1. 13/719/508/0001 - Wheatpaddock 2 13/719/508/0002). Hectares logged to be reduced by 100%. B+ logs (-100%), C (-100%), D (-100%), D+ (-100%), RL gross (-100.00%), RWD gross (-100%), Total Product (-100%).

SWIFTS CREEK FOREST DISTRICT 2002/03 TOTAL YEAR 2: Coupes reduced by 2. Hectares logged to be reduced by 35.67%. B+ logs (-7.69%), C (-29.89%), D (-30%), D+ (-26.38%), RL gross (-11.11%), RWD gross (-42.45), Total Product (-30.83).

2003/04 Summary

Beloka: No change

Leinster: Coupes reduced by 1. (Wheatpaddock 3. 13/719/508/0003). Hectares logged to be reduced by 100%. B+ logs (-100%), C (-100%), D (-100%), D+ (-100%), RL gross (-100.00%), RWD gross (-100%), Total Product (-100%).

SWIFTS CREEK FOREST DISTRICT 2003/04 TOTAL YEAR 3: Coupes reduced by 1. Hectares logged to be reduced by 38.09%. B+ logs (-13.33%), C (-38.71%), D (-35.71%), D+ (-34.28%), RL gross (-9.09%), RWD gross (-48.15), Total Product (-38.29).

DNRE FIGURES FOR SWIFTS CREEK FOREST DISTRICT

YEAR HA A+B C D TOTAL RL GROSS RWD TOTAL
1 172 6100 12300 4400 22800 7700 17100 47600
1cont. 125 800 4900 2300 8000 1200 13000 22200
2 143 2600 9700 4000 16300 4500 13900 34700
3 105 1500 6200 2800 10500 2200 10800 23500
Total 545 11000 33100 13500 57600 54800 54800 128000

 

FOE’S FIGURES IF 7 COUPES IN SWIFTS CREEK DISTRICT ARE TAKEN FROM CUTTING SCHEDULE.

YEAR HA A+B C D TOTAL RL GROSS RWD TOTAL
1 94 1900 5900 2600 10400 3700 9100 23200
1cont. 72 700 3600 1700 6000 1000 9200 16200
2 92 2400 6700 2800 12000 4000 8000 24000
3 65 1300 3800 1800 6900 2000 5600 14500
Total 323 6300 20000 8900 35300 10700 31900 77900
difference -40.73% -42.73% -39.58% -34.08% -38.72% -31.42% -41.79 -39.15

Ecological Survey Report Data

Ecological Survey Report No. 12

Flora and Fauna of the Razorback and Dartmouth Forest Blocks Department Conservation, Forests and Land - 1987.

January 2002: 1.4 km along Limestone Gap Road from Razorback Spur Road. Trees on left of track to be logged. Possibly in coupe 12/686/506/0002 a coupe which will yield about 1100 cubic metres of forest product, with at least 80% ending up as woodchips.

 

LIMESTONE GAP ROAD COUPES

This Montane Forest type is present on several coupes just south of Limestone Gap Road which are due to be logged this year. 506/0003, 506/0002 and 506./0001 It is Friends of the Earth’s opinion that although these coupes were not listed in the 1987 report as being as Site of Significance quality, because of the proliferation of old growth in this area all coupes planned on Limestone Gap Road should be immediately stopped from logging.

 

p15 Montane Forest: Sub-Community RD 3.1

Character Species %F REQ C/A
Dianella tasmanica 100 1
Platylobium formosum 100 1
Acacia dealbata 95 1
Coprosma hirtella 95 1
Pteridium esculentum 95 2
Cassinia aculeata 89 1
Eucalyptus dives 89 2
Thysanotus patersonii 89 1
Parahebe derwentiana 89 1
Poa ensiformis 89 2
Poa sieberiana 89 2
Asperula scoparia 84 1
Deyeuxia scaberula 84 1
Eucalyptus rubida 84 2
Lomandra longifolia 84 1
Eucalyptus delegatensis 79 3
Gonocarpus tetragynus 79 1
Senecio linearifolius 79 1
Stellaria pungens 79 1
Pultenaea juniperina 74 2
Viola hederacea 74 1
Luzula meridionalis 74 +
Dichelachne micrantha 68 +
Stylidium graminifolium 68 1
Senecio aff. tenuiflorus 68 +
Clematis aristata 63 1
Daviesia latifolia 63 3
Viola betonicifolia 58 +
Arthropodium milleflorum 53 1
Helichrysum semipapposum 53 1
Lomatia mycroides 53 1
Wahlenbergia stricta 53 +

NO. OF SITES: 19

STRUCTURE: Open-forest.

DISTRIBUTION: Common throughout the study area.

ENVIRONMENT: Mostly upper slopes with south-easterly to south-westerly aspect or north-easterly aspect; occassionally upper slopes of gullies with a south-easterly aspect. Soils rocky; occasional large rock outcrops.

ALTITUDE: Mean = 1076m, Highest = 1180m, Lowest = 880m

MEAN FLORISTIC RICHNESS: 39 species per site.

MEAN WEED COMPOSITION: 1% of species, 0% of cover.

Notes: Six species of eucalypt occur frequently in this sub-community eg. Eucalyptus delegatensis, E. rubida, E. pauciflora, E. radiata, E. dives and E. mannifera. The last three species, which are virtually absent from RD 3.2, are indicative of the drier, less sheltered environment in which RD 3.1 occurs. The tree canopy of RD 3.1 is more open than that of RD 3.2 (average cover 73% cf. 85%) and the shrub layer more dense (average cover 50% cf. 27%).

December 2001: Old growth E.Rubida (Candlebark) inside Coupe: 12/682/506/0001 - Limestone 01. Montane Forest: Sub-Community RD 3.2. Limestone Gap Road. About 4km of the south side of Limestone Gap Track is due to be logged in 2002. This coupe is adjacent to the Alpine National Park and will yield only 1000 cubic metres of forest product of which about 80% will be woodchips.

p16 Montane Forest: Sub-Community RD 3.2

Located near the corner of Razorback Spur Road and Pegleg Track. A coupe south of Pegleg track is planned for the years 2002/3. 508/0001. This forest community is the type in the photographs of the area taken with Sal.

 

Character Species %F REQ C/A
Coprosma hirtella 100 1
Dianella tasmanica 100 1
Parahebe derwentiana 95 2
Poa ensiformis 95 3
Asperula scoparia 89 1
Eucalyptus delegatensis 89 4
Arthropodium milleflorum 84 1
Clematis aristata 84 1
Stellaria pungens 84 1
Polyscias sambucifolius 84 1
Viola hederacea 84 1
Acacia dealbata 79 2
Acaena anserinifolia 79 1
Viola betonicifolia 79  
Diuris longifolia 74 1
Pteridium esculentum 74 1
Agropyron scabrum 68 1
Helichrysum rutidolepis 68 1
Picris hieracioides 68 +
Ranunculus plebeius 68 +
Rubus parvifolius 68 1
Luzula meridionalis 68 +
Senecio linearifolius 63 1
Poa sieberiana 63 1
Lagenifera stipitata 58 1
Polystichum proliferum 58 1
Stackhousia monogyna 58 +
Daviesia latifolia 53 1
Eucalyptus pauciflora 53 2
Geranium retrorsum 53 +
Hydrocotyle laxiflora 53 +

STRUCTURE: Open to closed - forest

DISTRIBUTION: Common throughout the study area.

ENVIRONMENT: Slopes with an easterly to south-westerly aspect, often in the vicinity of gullies. Soils rocky.

ALTITUDE: Mean = 1163m, Highest = 1317m, Lowest 1020m

MEAN FLORISTIC RICHNESS: 35 species per site.

MEAN WEED COMPOSITION: 4% of species, 1% of cover.

NOTES: RD 3.2 ia a wetter form of Montane Forest than RD 3.1 and has a more dense tree canopy and ground layer. The average girths of Eucalyptus delegatensis (3.3m in RD 3.1, 3.4m in RD 3.2) and E.rubida (2.9m, 2.8m) were similar in both Montane Forest sub-communities but in RD 3.2 the E. pauciflora were small at most sites (except quadrat 45455) with an average girth of 1.5m compared with 2.6m in RD 3.1. One site, quadrat 45456, was quite different to the other sites in RD 3.2 - it occurred in a steep gully on very loose scree slope.

December 2001: Old growth E.Rubida (Candlebark) inside Coupe: 12/682/506/0001 - Limestone 01. Montane Forest: Sub-Community RD 3.2. Limestone Gap Road. About 4km of the south side of Limestone Gap Track is due to be logged in 2002. This coupe is adjacent to the Alpine National Park and will yield only 1000 cubic metres of forest product of which about 80% will be woodchips.

p12 Snow Gum Woodland: Sub-Community RD 1.1 Located near the corner of Razorback Spur Road and Pegleg Track. A coupe south of Pegleg track is planned for the years 2002/3. 508/0001

 

Character Species %F REQ C/A
Coprosma hirtella 100 1
Danthonia pallida 100 2
Dianella tasmanica 100 1
Eucalyptus pauciflora 100 3
Lomandra longifolia 100 1
Poranthera microphylla 100 1
Stellaria pungens 100 1
Stylidium graminifolium 100 1
Luzula meridionalis 100 +
Poa sieberiana 100 2
Senecio aff. tenuiflorus 100 +
Cassinia aculeata 67 +
Cassinia longifolia 67 +
Daviesia latifolia 67 2
Daviesia ulicifolia 67 2
Deyeuxia monticola 67 1
Gonocarpus tetragynus 67 1
Polyscias sambucifolius 67 1
Parahebe derwentiana 67 1

STRUCTURE: Woodland to open-forest

DISTRIBUTION: Scattered throughout the study area.

ENVIRONMENT: Summit or ridge tops with northerly to westerly aspect.

ALTITUDE: Mean = 1204m, Highest = 1220m, Lowest = 1180m

MEAN FLORISTIC RICHNESS: 25 species per site.

MEAN WEED COMPOSITION: 3% of species, 1% of cover.

NOTES: In RD 1.1 Eucalyptus pauciflora overtops a low (<.5m), mid dense shrub layer (cover 40%) dominated by Daviesia spp. The ground layer contains a wider variety of species and is denser (cover 50%). The tussock grasses Danthonia pallida and Poa sieberiana are the dominant ground cover species.

The mean floristic richness of RD 1.1 (25 species per site) is low compared to other Snow Gum Woodland communities (eg GLC 2.1, 2.2 - Gullan et al. 1981: EG 4.1 - Forbes et al. 1982: BG 1.2 - Horrocks et al. 1986, which recorded 42,33,37 and 39 species per site respectively.

SALTPETRE COUPES

Ecological Survey Report No. 36

Flora and Fauna of the Saltpetre Forest Block of North East Victoria. Melbourne 1992. p15 Montane Forest: Sub -Community SAL 2.4 This forest type is possibly in Coupe 508/0003 due to be logged 2003.

December 2001: Recent logging in the headwaters of Saltpetre Creek off Wild Boar Range Track. Possibly Montane Forest: Sub -Community SAL 2.4

STRUCTURE: Open-forest

DISTRIBUTION: Scattered throughout Study Area at higher altitudes.

ENVIRONMENT: Upper slopes and ridge tops and damp gully heads, montane to sub-alpine.

ALTITUDE: Mean = 1261m, Highest = 1400m, Lowest = 1040m

MEAN FLORISTIC RICHNESS: 45 species per site

MEAN WEED COMPOSITION: 9% of species. 3% of cover.

NOTES: This mixed eucalypt species variant of Montane Forest is floristically rich and scattered throughout the study area at higher altitudes. It is intermediate between Snow Gum Woodland SAL 3.1 and low altitude forms of Montane Forest. Eucalyptus delegatensis, E. dalrympleana and E. pauciflora are the dominant tree species with a rich, low, dense ground layer (60-90% cover) of grasses (Poa sieberiana and P. ensiformis), forbs (Viola betonicifloia, Cotula filicula, Acaena anserinifolia) and semi-shrubs (Helichrysum rutidolepsis, Parahebe derwentiana, Epilobium billardierinanum). A low (1-2m high, 5-20% cover) open shrub layer dominated by Pultenaea juniperina, Platylobium formosum and Coprosma hirtella is typically present. Euphrasia caudata, a species designated as rare in Victoria by Gullan et al. (1990) was recorded in this sub-community.

Montane Forest SAL 2.4 has floristic affinities with Montane Forest EG 3.1 in the East Gippsland study area (Forbes et la. 1981) and Montane Forest BG 2.1 and BG 2.2 in the Beloka and Gibbo River Forest Blocks (Horrocks et al. 1987).

Quadrats sampled in Montane Forest SAL 2.4 were found to be the most floristically rich sites containing Alpine Ash in Victoria following a Statewide assessment by Mueck (1990).

Sites of Significance

December 2001: North East Forest Management Plan - Corryong District - This area will be logged in 2003/4. Located in the headwaters of Saltpetre Creek - Coupe No: 12/701/508/0003 (Stuarts Seat). Possibly Montane Forest: Sub -Community SAL 2.4. Main eucalypt species include E.pauciflora (Snow Gum) and E. dalrympleana (Mountain Gum). The Department of Natural Resources and Environment claim that this area is Alpine Ash in an area near a Site of Significance. 80% of coupe will be converted into woodchips. Definitely too good to woodchip!

Two coupes: 525/0001 and 508/0003 due to be logged in the 2002/3 logging season lie next to Site of Significance 1 in the Saltpetre Creek catchment. This could mean buffer zone incursions.

Coupe 510/0001 - the north western edge of the coupe also abuts the SOS 1.

Coupe 506/0002 lies in very close vicinity to Site of Significance 3.

Site 1 (592 ha)

This site is centred around the upper reaches of Saltpetre creek and some of its tributaries. The western boundary of the Site runs parallel to and 100m west of Saltpetre Creek from Saltpetre Gap down to Site 5, with a westerly extension of the southern section of this boundary. The southern and eastern boundaries follow a system of ridgelines and drainage lines between Saltpetre Creek and Straight Running Creek Track. The northern tip of the eastern boundary runs parallel to and 100 m east of Saltpetre Creek.

The Site contains representative samples of vegetation sub-communities Montane Dry Woodland (SAL 1.1, SAL 1.2, SAL 1.3), Montane Forest (SAL 2.2, SAL 2.4), and Montane Riparian Forest (SAL 4.2) which is regardded as a significant community. It contains the only examples of vegetation sub-community SAL 1.2 recorded from the study area. Samples of Montane Riparian Forest (SAL 4.2) included in the Site along the eastern creek system are of special significance because they appear to be free of Blackberries, Rubus fruitcosus spp. agg..

Four significant plant species were recorded here, two of which - Leucopogon attenuatus (Grey Beard-heath) and Hibbertia serpyllifolia (Thyme Guinea-flower) - were recorded only from this Site, in Montane Dry Woodlands (SAL 1.1, SAL 1.2, SAL 1.3). A third significant plant species, Luzula ovata (Oval Woodrush), occurred in several quadrats on upper slopes and ridges in Montane Forest, whilst Myosotis suaveolens (Sweet Forget-me-not) was recorded from this Site at one quadrat in Montane Riparian Forest (SAL 4.2).

This Site was very important for bird populations in the study area, and included five of the eight richest bird census sites. These census sites were all located in Montane Riparian Forest vegetation communities, either in gullies and/or on lower slopes. Four of then seven, significant bird species recorded in the study area were recorded here; notably, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus), Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum), Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) and Pink Robin (Petroica rodinogaster). The letter two species - Powerful Owl and Pink Robin - were recorded only from this Site, in Montane Riparian Forest (SAL 4.2). Two of the Montane Riparian Forest census sites also had relatively high populations of arboreal mammals, in particular of Yellow-bellied Glider (Petaurus australis).

The Montane Dry Woodlands (SAL 1) in this Site were important for several ridge-top species of bird that are adversely affected by timber-harvesting activities: Wonga Pigeon, Scarlet Robin and Spotted Quail-thrush. In addition, this vegetation community was a rich habitat for reptiles. The only record from the study area of Pseudemoia spenceri (Spencer’s Skink), a species vulnerable to the effects of timber harvesting, was made in Montane Dry Woodland at this Site.

December 2001: North East FMP - Corryong District - This area will be logged in 2003/4. Located in the headwaters of Saltpetre Creek - Coupe No: 12/701/508/0003. Possibly Montane Forest: Sub -Community SAL 2.4. Note lack of weeds. (Stuarts Seat). The Department of Natural Resources and Environment claim that this area is Alpine Ash in an area near a Site of Significance. 80% of coupe will be converted into woodchips. Definately too good to woodchip!

A Powerful Owl was flushed from a roosting tree at the southwestern end of the Site. A pair of this species requires a home range of approximately 800-1000ha which includes gully, slope and ridge habitats. It is considered that protection of this Site and the adjoining Site 5 should provide a large enough area for the known bird/pair to survive, should the surrounding forest be harvested.

 

Upper Buenba Forest Blocks - North East (Gippsland) Forest Management Area. Ecological Survey Report No. 29 Flora and Fauna of the Pheasant creek and Upper Buenba Forest Blocks Melbourne 1990.

p15 Montane Forest: Sub-community PCUB 2.3 -about 300-500 m south east of Mount Anderson Track almost at coupe 506/0004 due to be logged 2001/2. Tall open-forest

DISTRIBUTION: Occurring at higher altitudes around Pheasant Creek Track, Straight Running Creek Track, Mount Gibbo and Johnnies Top.

December 2001: Buenba Creek headwaters - Coupe 13/711/506/0004 near Mount Anderson in Gippsland Forest Management Area. Alpine Ash due to be logged 2002.

ENVIRONMENT: Ridge-tops and slopes.

ALTITUDE: Mean = 1254m, Highest = 1400m, Lowest = 980m

MEAN FLORISTIC RICHNESS: 46 species per site

MEAN WEED COMPOSITION: 3% of species, 2% of cover.

NOTES: This sub-community represents vegetation which is ecotonal between PCUB 2.4 and the lower altitude Montane Forest sub-communities and also between Montane Forest and Snow Gum Woodland. In PCUB 2.3 Eucalyptus radiata is replaced by Eucalyptus delegatensis. The understorey is patchy but often dense, comprising various combinations of Pultenaea juniperina, Coprosma hirtella, Davisia latifolia and D. ulicifolia. PCUB 2.3 has floristic affinities with the Montane Forest BG 2.2 in the adjoining Beloka and Gibbo River Forest Blocks (Horrocks et al. 1987). The population of E. chapmaniana identified in quadrat FO1116 supported a large number of individuals covering a substantial area. This record extends the known range of this significant species.

p16 Montane Forest: Sub-community PCUB 2.4

- about 750 m south east of Mount Anderson Track possibly in coupes 506/0004 and 506/0005 due to be logged in the year 2001/2.

STRUCTURE: Tall open-forest

DISTRIBUTION: Restricted to the north of the study area.

ENVIRONMENT: High altitude moderate to steep slopes with a south-easterly to westerly aspect.

ALTITUDE: Mean = 1238m, Highest = 1420m, Lowest = 930m

MEAN FLORISTIC RICHNESS: 39 species per site.

MEAN WEED COMPOSITION: 3% of species, 2% of cover.

NOTES: This Montane Forest sub-community encompasses the pure stands of Eucalyptus delegatensis within the study area. Such stands were common on the Buenba scarp and often covered substantial areas. The understorey is generally open. Daviesia latifolia, Coprosma hirtella and Leucopogon hookeri are the most common shrub species and the grass Poa ensiformis and fern Polystichum proliferum are the dominant ground cover species. PCUB 2.4 has floristic affinities with other Montane Forest sub-communities e.g. BG 2.1 (Horrocks et al. 1987), SR 3.1 (Opie et al. 1987) and EG 3.1 (Forbes et al.1982).

December 2001: 2002 logging coupe - 13/711/506/0004 near Mount Anderson. A logging coupe which will yield about 75-80% woodchips. This coupe borders a Site of Significance as identified by Departmental botanists about 10 years ago and lies about 1km from the headwaters of Buenba Creek.

It appears that coupe 506/0005 is now located in what was the north eastern face of Sites of Significance 1 which runs along the length if Buenba Creek. For some reason a large portion of this SOS has been re-zoned to now make way for this coupe. For information on this site see below.

p98 ‘Sites of Significance Site 1 3500ha (2300 ha in State Forest and 1200 ha in National Park).

This site is centred on the flats of Buenba Creek. It includes the lower slopes of the Buenba Valley, extending to Mount Hope Road in the east and to the Buenba Reference Area (LCC 1983) in the west. The northern boundary of this site is defined by the northern perimetre of the creek flat for the most part. However, upstream from the confluence of Buenba and Stony Creeks the flat is less well defined and it is recommended that the boundary of this site follow that of the Alpine Ash forest which occupies the upper slopes of this part of the study area. This boundary as delineated on Map 2 has been estimated from aerial photographs. However, it is recognised that more precise determination of the locality during timber assessment along with further consultation between the authors and regional management is required, preceding the finalisation of a sawlog harvesting proposal. Down stream from the Mount Gibbo Track the creek flat narrows and the northern boundary should be a minimum of 100m from the edge of the riparian zone.

This site supports a large diversity of vegetation communities. Five riparian communities are associated with the Buenba Flat area, Buenba Creek and Le Hardies Creek, all of which are regarded as significant. The dryer slopes to the south are characterised by Montane Forest (PCUB 2.1).

Montane Forest (PCUB 2.3) is represented at one locality (Quadrat 41) in the Buenba Creek catchment to the north-east and Montane Sclerophyll Woodland (PCUB 1.2) is represented at four localities (e.g. Quadrats 9, 79) on the upper slopes between Buenba Creek and Le Hardies Creek. Montane Riparian Forest (PCUB 4.3), which supported some of the tallest forest in the Block, is represented by only one locality (Quadrat 78) in the study area, north of the upper reaches of Buenba Creek. This site also incorporates two localities of Montane Riparian Forest (PCUB 4.1); one of the upper reaches of Buenba Creek and the other on Le Hardies Creek. This community has a high species richness including several significant species. Quadrat 33 on Buenba Creek supported a small colony of the significant orchid Chiloglottis cornuta, the only record of this species for the study area. Pterostylis dubia, another significant orchid species, was also recorded here, one of the only two localities within the study area. Montane Riparian Forest (PCUB 4.1) also supported three species regarded as notable; Deyeuxia brachathera, D. gunniana and Luzula Ovata.

Site 1 also contains much of the Montane Wet Woodland associated with Buenba and Le Hardies Creeks. This area incorporates five sites of Montane Wet Woodland (PCUB 6.1), a sub-community exhibiting considerable floristic variability in understorey species (up to 75 species per site). The vegetation sub-community Montane Wet Woodland (PCUB 6.1) is relatively uncommon in Victoria and its distribution is as yet poorly documented. This sub-community afforded two records of the signifcant species Scirpus polystachyus, the only record of Discaria pubescens, and one of only two records of the significant plant species juncus sp. F. Scattered throughout this area are herbaceous/grassy treeless frost hollows, described as Montane Wet Woodland (PCUB 6.3). This is highly restricted environment within the study area and is rare throughout the region.

Montane Pond (PCUB 7.1) represents an inherently unique site situated north-east of the confluence of Buenba and Le Hardies Creeks. Only one physically similar, although floristically distinct site, has been reported elsewhere (Earl et al. 1989). This locality (Quadrat 13) supported the only record for this survey of the two significant species Isoetes muelleri and Nymphoides montana. Also recorded here were Luzula ovata and Glyceria australis, both considered to be a notable species.

Agricultural practices such as grazing, clearing and drainage have severely modified many original Montane Wetlands (Frood and Calder 1987). As a consequence relatively intact examples are rare (Horrocks et al. 1987). A measure of the near pristine condition of Montane Pond PCUB 7.1 is the presence of only one weed species. However, evidence of brumbies and cattle at the site emphasise the need for sensitive management of the area.

Other significant vascular plant species recorded in this Site of Significance were Pterostylis bicolor and Prasophyllum ?nudum. Both of these species were only recorded once during the survey, in Montane Forest PCUB 2.1. Overall, this site of significance is floristically very rich, supporting 72% of the flora recorded for the study area and examples of rare and threatened plant species and communities.

Site 1 incorporates major components of the faunal complement recorded for the study area. Twenty-three native mammal species were recorded in this area, including four significant species. The Buenba Flat area is grazed by five herbivorous mammals including the notable Red-necked Wallaby, which was moderately common in the study area, and the significant Broad-toothed Rat, which was recorded in dense sedge vegetation along Buenba Creek at the western end of the flat and along one of the tributaries of Le Hardies Creek. This species has a patchy distribution in Victoria and the extensive distribution of favourable habitat in the lower Buenba Valley is notable and provides the opportunity for the protection of a potentially large population.

The highest population density of bats reported in this pre-logging survey series was recorded during this survey. This was centred in Montane Riparian Forest and Montane Forest (PCUB 2.1, 2.2) communities to the south and east of Buenba Flat. Most captures of the significant Tasmanian Pipistrelle were from this area.

Eight species of Phalangeroids (Possums and Gliders) were recorded in this site, including the only records of the Feather-tailed Glider in the study area and a significant population of Yellow-bellied Gliders. Montane Wet Woodland in the vicinity of Buenba Flat supported high densities of Yellow-bellied Gliders. No comparably high population densities of this sensitive species are known from this vegetation community or from this region of the state.

The Montane Riparian Forest (PCUB 4) habitats associated with Le Hardies Creek and the upper recahes of Buenba Creek yielded consistently high numbers of birds, including Satin Flycatcher, Rufous Fantail and Eastern Whipbird, which were confined to Riparian Forest communities within the study area. The only records of the Rose Robin and Pink Robin were from this habitat.

The Montane Wet Woodland (PCUB 6) community adjacent to Buenba Creek downstream from its confluence with Stony Creek supported a very rich avifauna. Four significant species were only recorded here during the survey, namely Powerful Owl, White-throated Nightjar, Australian King Parrot and Red-capped Robin. The open grassy areas associated with Buenba Flat also supported a diverse avifauna. Five raptor species, namely Black-shouldered Kite, Brown Goshawk, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Australian Kestrel, were observed over Buenba Flat, suggesting that this area may be an important hunting ground for these predator species. Other significant or notable species recorded in association with these grassy flats were Golden-headed Cisticola, Stubble Quail and Latham’s Snipe.

A high proportion of the reptile and amphibian species recorded during this survey is represented in this site of significance. Twenty one reptile and four amphibian species were recorded in the vicinity of Buenba Flat and Tom Groggin Track. Several of these species were restricted to this area, including the notable skink species Hemiergis decresiensis.

The area incorporated by this Site of Significance along the Buenba Creek valley, upstream from the confluence with Stony Creek, supports a number of biologically significant features and is considered to be of special significance. The significant sub-communities Montane Riparian Forest PCUB 4.1 and 4.3 associated with the creek flat and Buenba Creek and the gullies feeding it support a high density and diversity of wet forest avifauna. The tall, mature forests characteristic of this area not only provide crucial habitat for interior forest dependent bird species, such as Satin Flycatcher, Rufous Fantail, Eastern Whipbird, Rose Robin and Pink Robin, but are also known to be very important for large owls, such as the Powerful Owl, and arboreal mammals, such as the Greater Glider and Yellow-bellied Glider. In addition, this area is relatively undisturbed weed-free and pristine. It also supports significant plant species, including the orchid Chiloglottis cornuta, which is confined to the upper reaches of the creek.

The Montane Riparian Forest (PCUB 4.1) sampled along the upper reaches of Buenba Creek contained no weed species. In light of the level of grazing pressure from cattle and brumbies in the Pheasant Creek and Upper Buenba Forest Blocks and the extent to which weeds have invaded the Buenba valley, this is in itself significant. To minimise disturbance to this area, the north-easterly boundary needs to be maintained as far upstream as possible. Given the absence of any suitable geographic boundary to the north, the ecotone between Alpine-Ash dominated Montane Forest and mixed species forest should adequately protect the high biological values of this site.

December 2001: New roading cutting through Sassafras Gully in Buenba Creek catchment.

p97 Section 8 - Fish

The creeks flowing through the Pheasant Creek and Upper Buenba Forest Blocks have been surveyed by the National Parks and Wildlife Division. However, the Gibbo River, which has its headwaters in the study area, is known to contain Brown Trout (Salmo trutta), Rainbow Trout (Salmo gairdneri) and River Blackfish (Gadopsis marmoratus) (Tunbridge and Glenane 1982), Cadwallader et al. (1984) classified River Blackfish as requiring monitoring in Victoria.

Species recorded during this survey were Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Galaxid (Galaxias olidus) and Macquarie Perch (Macquaria australasica). Both salmonid species were commonly recorded in Buenba Creek. These species were also observed in the Gibbo River, Straight Running Creek and Corner Creek. Mountain Galaxid were recorded in Corner Creek and Le Hardies Creek.

Macquarie Perch were recorded in the Gibbo river upstream from Straight Running Creek. This species is regarded by Cadwallader et al. (1984) as being vulnerable in Victoria and likely to become endangered in the near future. Macquarie Perch has previously been recorded in the lower Gibbo River (Horrocks et al. 1987) and the watercourse is regarded as a potential spawning site.

Other species likely to occur within the study area are the Short-finned Eel (Anguilla australis), Australian Smelt (Retropinna semoni) and Redfin (Perca fluviatilis). All these species are resident in nearby catchments (Cadwallader and Backhouse 1983). Two spined Blackfish (Gadopsis bispinosis) have been recorded in the Big River at Angler’s Rest, and in the Mitta Mitta River, upstream from Lake Dartmouth (McGuckin pers. obs.). This fish may also occur within the study area as the Gibbo River is a tributary of the Mitta Mitta. Two-spined Blackfish, a recently described species, appears to be confined to the upper reaches of streams flowing north of the Great Dividing Range. Its conservation status at present is indeterminant due to the lack of available data on the species. However, it is likely to have a restricted range and may be threatened (Jackson pers. comm).

The catchments within the Pheasant Creek and Upper Buenba Forest Blocks are of particular importance to Macquarie Perch and, potentially, to the two Gadopsis species as potential spawning sites. Siltation has probably been an important factor in the decline of Macquarie Perch in Victoria; erosion silt fills deep holes, thereby destroying preferred habitat, and blankets the substrate, resulting in unfavourable conditions for the demersal eggs and affecting the composition of the diet (Cadwallader & Backhouse 1983).

River Blackfish are also benthic feeders and require hollow logs, undercut banks, or rock overhangs for shelter and breeding. The Two-spined Blackfish is likely to have similar habitat requirements. These species are therefore likely to be similarily affected by siltation. Great care should be taken to minimise disturbance to all streams in the study area and avoid silting. Buffers should extend well into ephemeral portions of streams and rather than strictly following prescriptions for minimum buffer widths should be wider.

LEINSTER FOREST BLOCK

Flora and Fauna of the Leinster Forest Block - Alpine Area, Victoria. Ecological Survey Report No 23. Department of Conservation, Forests and Land 1989.

p15

Montane Forest: Sub-Community LEN 4.1

“From 2001 Wup’s Coupes 503/0010 - 503/0009 - Due to be logged 2002-3? On tribs of Mount Leinster Creek”

CHARACTER SPECIES %FQ C/A

Acacia dealbata

100 2
Acaena anserinifolia 100 1
Asperula scoparia 100 1
Craspedia glauca 100 1
Eucalyptus delegatensis 100 3
Platylobium formosum 100 1
Stellaria pungens 100 1
Viola hederacea 100 1
Clematis aristata 93 1
Helichrysum scorpiodes 93 1
Lomatia myricoides 93 1
Luzula meridionalis var. flacc 93 1
Poa sieberiana 93 2
Pultenaea juniperina 93 3
Luzula meridionalis 93 1
Viola hederacea ssp. hederacea 93 1
Chiloglottis gunnii 86 1
Geranium potentilloides 86 1
Arthropodium milleflorum 80 1
Coprosma hirtella 80 1
Dianella tasmanica 80 1
Eucalyptus dalrympleana 80 2
Gentianella diemensis 80 +
Lagenifera stipitata 80 1
Parahebe derwentiana 80 1
Ranunculus plebeius 80 1
Elymus scabrus 73 1
Olearia erubescens 73 1
Poa ensiformis 73 2
Tasmannia lanceolata 73 +
Cotula filicula 66 1
Stackhousia monogyna 66 +
Viola betonicfolia 66 +
Poa sieberiana var. sieberiana 66 2
Epilobium spp. 66 1
*Picris hieracioides 60 1
Wahlenbergia stricta 60 1
Poa sieberiana var. hirtella 60 2

No. of SITES: 15

STRUCTURE: Tall Open-forest to Open-forest

DISTRIBUTION: Occurs at high altitude in the eastern part of the study area, with a small, isolated stand at the headwaters of Sandy Creek.

ENVIRONMENT: Sub-alpine valleys and slopes with a southerly aspect.

ALTITUDE: Mean = 1235m, Highest = 1460m, Lowest = 1100m

MEAN FLORISTIC RICHNESS: 50 species per site

MEAN WEED COMPOSITION : 5% of species, 4% of cover.

NOTES: This sub-community is similar to EG 3.1 (Forbes et al. 1981) and BG 2.2 (Horrocks et al. 1987a). Eucalyptus delegatensis is the dominant tree species and occurs in association with one of more of five other eucalypt species. At least two age classes are present, and at most sites mature individuals of E. delegatensis and E. dalrympleana occur. The largest individual of E. delegatensis (ghbob 5.4m) was recorded in quadrat C63155, and the largest individual tree measured in the study area (E. dalrympleana) had a girth of 5.7m (quadrat C63161). The understorey comprises fairly open tree and shrub layers, with a variable ground cover of herbaceous species.

At some sites there was evidence of past fires (quadrats C63142, C63161, C63163 and C63177), and most sites on the slopes of Mount Pendergast have undergone heavy selective logging previously (c. ?1961). This sub-community is of moderately high value for production of sawlog timber.

p18

MONTANE SCLEROPHYLL WOODLAND: SUB-COMMUNITY LEN 5.2

From 2001 WUP’s, 3 coupes - 508/0001, 508/0002, 508/0003 just south of Wheat Paddock Creek due to be logged in the years 2002/3. On tribs of Front Creek.

508/0001 is possibly a site for the significant species Pterostylis mutica. Coupes 508/0001 and 508/0002 border the Site of Significance along Front Creek and may indeed go into the SOS.

Much of Front Creek is listed as a Site of Significance in Flora and Fauna of the Leinster Forest block. Named - Site of Significance 2 (240 ha) p85

This site encompasses a linear reserve extending to 250 m on each side of Front Creek in the northern part of the study area, from the junction of its major headwater tributaries, and extending west and south until it meets the boundary with private land.

The tributary gullies and banks of Front Creek support some fine examples of Montane Riparian Forest (LEN 3.1). This sub-community has a restricted distribution in Victoria, and undisturbed examples have high botanical significance. It is a significant sub-community in the present study area. In places along Front Creek, the riparian vegetation may be quite extensive, but elsewhere, particularly in the lower reaches, it may form only a narrow gallery which quickly gives way to drier vegetation of the Montane Sclerophyll Woodland (LEN 5.2) and Dry Sclerophyll Forest (LEN 6.1) sub-communities.

Three significant plant species were recorded in the site, all of them members of the family Orchidaceae. Pterostylis foliata (Slender Greenhood) occurred in Montane Riparian Forest (quadrats C63130 and C63169), while Caladenia clavigera (Plain-lip Spider-orchid) and Caladenia congesta (Black-tongue Caladenia) were found in Dry Sclerophyll Forest (quadrat C63171).

This site exhibits a significantly high bird species richness and is characterised by the large numbers of breeding birds present. Such riparian forest is known to be important for breeding and refuge areas (Smith 1985) and it’s value to the conservation of birds within the study area cannot be underestimated.

The site is also notable for the high numbers of common amphibian and reptile species, and an overall high species diversity.

CHARACTER SPECIES %FQ C/A
Platylobium formosum 100 2
Asperula scoparia 96 1

*Hypochoeris radicata

96 1
Stellaria pungens 96 1
Acrotriche serrulata 92 +
Centaurium erythraea 89 1
Hypericum gramineum 89 1
Wahlenbergia stricta 89 1
Luzula meridionalis 89 1
Lomandra longifolia 85 1
Luzula meridionalis var. flacc 85 1
Poa sieberiana 85 3
Geranium solanderi 82 1
Glycine clandestina 82 1
Eucalyptus pauciflora 75 2
Gonocarpus tetragynus 75 1
Helichrysum scorpioides 75 1
Viola betonicifolia 75 1
Acacia dealbata 71 2
Acaena anserinifolia 71 1
Arthropodium milleflorum 71 1
Hibbertia obtusifolia 71 1
Chiloglottis gunnii 67 1
Eucalyptus dalrympleana 67 3
Exocarpos strictus 67 1
Epilobium spp. 67 1
Craspedia glauca 64 +
Eucalyptus radiata 64 2
Galium ciliare 64 1
Plantago varia 64 1
Pteridium esculentum 64 2
Poa sieberiana var. sieberiana 64 2
Corybas spp. 64 1
*Cerastium glomeratum 60 1
Viola hederacea 60 1
Poa sieberiana var. hirtella 60 3
Lagenifera stipitata 57 1
Viola hederacea ssp. hederacea 57 1
Elymus scabrus 53 1
Poranthera microphylla 53 1
Acaena spp. 53 1
Gnaphalium spp. 53 1
Hydrocotyle spp. 53 1

 

NO OF SITES: 28

STRUCTURE: Tall Open-forest to Woodland

DISTRIBUTION: Widespread in the study area.

ENVIRONMENT: Slopes and ridges with heavy, well - drained clays

ALTITUDE: Mean = 1089m, Highest = 1360m, Lowest = 920m

MEAN FLORISTIC RICHNESS: 57 species per site

MEAN WEED COMPOSITION: 9% of species, 6% of cover.

NOTES: This is the most widespread sub-community in the study area, and is similar to EG 5.3 (Frobes et al. 1981). Eucalyptus pauciflora, Eucalyptus dalrympleana and Gentianella diemensis are typically found in the highlands, while most of the other character species are widespread throughout Victoria. The presence of Eucalyptus dives and Eucalyptus mannifera in LEN 5.2 indicates that soils are very poor. LEN 5.2 is similar to several other Montane Sclerophyll Woodland sub-communities including CR 6.1 (Carr et al. 1984), BG 4.1 (Horrocks et al. 1987a) and SR 1.4 (Opie et al. 1987). It is also described by Carr et al. (1987) as Montane Forest (BEN 3.0).

January 2002: Logging coupe 12/695/525/0001 - a supposed contingency coupe for 2002. This coupe lies just west of Dunstans Log Road in the Nariel Creek catchment. If logged about 85% of this area will end up as woodchips.

CORRESPONDENCE:

1) FRIENDS OF THE EARTH MELBOURNE LETTER TO SHERRYL GARBUTT 31/1/02

The Honourable Sherryl Garbutt

Minister for Environment and Conservation

Level 17, 8 Nicholson Street,

East Melbourne, 3002

Dear Minister,

For the past 6 months Friends of the Earth has been involved in a project assessing logging operations in the North East of Victoria, primarily in the Lake Hume Designated Water Catchment. As a result of this study w would like to inform the Minister of logging coupes that we see are problematic and would like to see withdrwan from logging immediately.

We do not need to remind the Minister that log extraction from the Wodonga FMA continues to be well above sustainable yield volume. Legislated sustainable yield, for the Wodonga FMA is supposed to be 28,000 cubic metres, our figures show that the actual cutting rate has averaged above 40,000 cubic metres for the past 11 years. This we believe constitutes a breach of Schedule 3 of the Forest Act. Our organisation finds it to be quite amazing that this issue was not addressed during the RFA process, due to a realignment of boundaries for the new North East FMA. We are currently exploring legal avenues concerning these Departmental oversights.

This list of coupes should not be regarded as a final wish list for all coupes in the region. There may well be other groups who have an interest in the region who have additional areas that they have problems with. These coupes are the coupes that we see as problematic at this stage of the project.

We believe that these are conservative demnds, and such demands are necessary to reduce the impacts of unsustainable logging operations over the past decade.

FOREST BLOCK COUPE COUPE NO.

Corryong District - Year 1

676 Cravensville Gibb Gum Coupe 12/676/512/0003

700 Pinnibar Upper Shady Bridge 12/700/524/0001

Radio Corner 12/700/549/0005

Boomerang 12/700/554/0006

Tallangatta District - Year 1

668 Bullioh Barkmans 02 12/668/001/0009

686 Snowy Wills 08 12/686/508/0008

Beechworth District - Year 1 (Not in Lake Hume Catchment)

591 Magpie Verns 6 12/591/501/0006

MFP 1 12/591/501/0001

592 Dingle East View 1 12/592/504/0002

Tallangatta 2001/02 Contingency - Year 1

682 Razorback Limestone 01 12/682/506/0001

Limestone 02 12/682/506/0002

Limestone 03 12/682/506/0003

Razorback 02 12/682/506/0001

Corryong District Year 2

695 Nariel West Thougla Creek 12/695/532/0003

699 Boebuck Tempest Playground 12/699/508/0003

700 Pinnibar Northside 12/700/546/0002

Tallangatta District - Year 2

686 Snowy Wills Creek 04 12/686/505/0004

Corryong District - 2003/4 - Year 3

697 Dart Dart River 12/697/506/0002

700 Pinnibar Cattlemans Creek 12/700/523/0002

Headwaters 06 12/700/543/0006

701 Saltpetre Stuarts Seat 12/701/508/0003

Tallangatta District 2003/4 - Year 3

673 Bullhead Bullhead 03 12/673/001/0012

686 Snowy Mt. Wills Creek 12/686/510/0012

NORTH EAST (GIPPSLAND) FMA

SWIFTS CREEK FOREST DISTRICT

2001/2 - Year 1

Upper Buenba Mt Anderson 4 13/711/506/0004

Mt Anderson 5 13/711/506/0005

2001/2 Contingency

Upper Buenba Buenba Creek 3 13/711/505/0003

Buenba Creek 5 13/711/505/0005

2002/3 - Year 2

Leinster Wheat Paddock 1 13/719/508/0001

Wheat Paddock 2 13/719/508/0002

2003/4 - Year 3

Leinster Wheat Paddock 3 13/719/508/0003

Our organisation looks forward to your quick response.

Yours truly,

Anthony Amis and Cam Walker

- On Behalf of Friends of the Earth Forest Network - Melbourne.

2) MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION RESPONSE TO FRIENDS OF THE EARTH MELBOURNE

Minister for Environment and Conservation

8 Nicholson Street

PO Box 500

East Melbourne Victoria 3002

Tel: (03) 9637 8910

Facs: (03) 9637 8920 A

BN: 90 719 052 204 DX 210098

Our Ref: MC038580

27/2/02

Mr Anthony Amis

Friends of the Earth

PO Box 222,

Fitzroy Vic 3065

Dear Mr Amis

LOGGING OPERATIONS IN THE NORTH EAST

Thank you for your letter of 31 January 2002 regarding timber harvesting levels in North-East Victoria.

Wodonga Forest Management Area (FMA) has been managed together with Wangaratta FMA for some time as the North East FMA. While the Wodonga FMA harvest level has exceeded the long-term sustainable yield level, the converse has applied in Wangaratta FMA to the same extent. The combined FMA has not yet been formalised yet as the Forests Act 1958 currently allows for FMA boundary changes, but not FMA amalgamations.

If you have any particular issues with the harvesting of any coupes, you have the opportunity to raise these issues through the Wood Utilisation Planning process.

Thank you for your interest in this matter and I trust I have satisfactorily addressed your concerns.

Yours sincerely Sherryl Garbutt MP

Minister for Environment and Conservation

3) FRIENDS OF THE EARTH MELBOURNE LETTER TO DNRE OVENS REGION

4/3/02

Shaun Lawlor

Department of Natural Resources and Environment - Ovens Region.

Dear Shaun,

I am writing to you in regard to the current Wood Utilisation Plan for the North East Region.

Since 2001, Friends of the Earth Melbourne has been involved in a study looking at logging operations in the North East region. In late January 2002, Friends of the Earth sent a letter to the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, Sherryl Garbutt (see included). That letter listed 30 logging coupes that Friends of the Earth wanted withdrawn from logging. All of the coupes were listed in Wood Utilisation Plans of 2001. None of these coupes had been logged as of early January 2002.

Our primary concern was that coupes containing old growth and coupes located in high water quantity areas were going to be logged. These are the main reasons why we have objected to coupes listed. Friends of the Earth will also be producing a report outlining our concerns which further elaborates our concerns. That report should be finalised by late March. Coupes located on the Limestone Gap Track next to the Alpine National Park were considered of special importance by our organisation - especially coupe: Limestone 01 (12/682/506/0001).

Earlier today I visited Environment Victoria to get a look at the proposed WUP’s for the North East. Only seven coupes from last years WUP’s, on our list that we sent to the Minister, were included in the 2002 WUP’s. As a consequence our organisation would like to see these coupes withdrawn from logging and withdrawn from the 2002 Wood Utilisation Plans.

These coupes are;

Corryong District:

Pinnibar Block - Radio Corner 12/700/549/0005

Northside 12/700/546/0002

Saltpetre Block - Stuarts Seat 12/701/508/0003

Beechworth District:

Magpie Block - Verns 6 12/591/501/0006

MFP 1 12/591/501/0001

Dingle Block - East View 1 12/592/504/0002

Tallangatta District

Snowy Block - Mt. Wills Creek 12/686/510/0012.

Friends of the Earth would also like clarification about the coupes proposed to be logged in 2001 WUP’s which aren’t included in the 2002 WUP’s. What is the status of these coupes? Are they still to be logged? Are they simply carried over from 2001 to 2002 without acknowledging them in the 2002 WUP’s. It is Friends of the Earth Melbourne’s position that we still do not want any of those coupes logged.

Friends of the Earth would also like clarification about the status of the Sustainable Yield Review recently announced by the Bracks Government. It is our understanding that sawlog volumes in the North East would fall by 16%. With this decrease in yield, it could be quite possible to stop logging in almost all of the coupes that we nominated from the 2001 WUPs and meet the required decrease in sawlog volumes announced by the Premier. Would it be possible for you to explain what the effects of the sustainable yield review will be in the North East?

I look forward to your quick response,

Yours truly,

Anthony Amis - Friends of the Earth Melbourne

CC: Sherryl Garbutt.

4) DNRE RESPONSE TO FRIENDS OF THE EARTH MELBOURNE

Department of Natural Resources and Environment

Forestry Victoria

PO Box 235

MYRTLEFORD 3737

Tel: (03) 5731 1222

Facs: (03) 5731 1223

www.vic.gov.au

19 March 2002

Anthony Amis

Friends of the Earth

Melbourne

PO Box 222

Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065.

Dear Mr Amis

Proposed North East FMA Wood Utilisation Plan 2002/2003 - 2004/2005

Thankyou for your letter of 4 March regarding the proposed 2002/2003-2004/2005 Wood Utilisation Plan (WUP) for the North East Forest Management Area (FMA).

Your concerns regarding water quantity and old growth forests are considered addressed by the Code of Forest Practices for Timber Production, the RFA and Forest Management Plan for the North East, with which this 2002/2003-2004/2005 WUP complies.

The coupes listed in the 2001/2002-2003/2004 WUP that remain unharvested and have not been listed on the 2002/2003-2004/2005 WUP have been removed following a review of coupe requirements. Although not listed and not intended for harvest in the coming year, they do still remain available for harvest if necessary.

The recent announcement of a 16 percent reduction in long term sustainable yield does not allow for the removal of the scheduled coupes as you request. Essentially the adjustment changes the volume harvested in a given year but in order to achieve a long term sustainable outcome these coupes must be harvested.

Stakeholders will be consulted and informed, as further detailed information regarding the implications of these recent announcements becomes available.

Yours sincerely

Shaun Lawlor

Senior Forester North East FMA

January 2002: Sunset on the Mitta Mitta arm of Lake Hume.

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