Facts for a burning issue

coarse woody debris in nature reserve

Woody debris on public land provides precious habitat. Collecting it as firewood is a threatening process to biodiversity and should not be encouraged.

The Victorian Government has abolished fees for collecting firewood on public land despite expert advice that removing dead trees from forests threatens native bird species. This strikes me as outrageous but when I attempted to find a bit of information to support my stand I found myself struggling. Can you help me?

The facts of this story were presented in a short article in The Age newspaper titled Firewood fee given the chop. The story says the Victorian Government was making firewood collection easier in state parks by scrapping a $28 a cubic metre charge and permit application process. Critics accused the government of being environmentally irresponsible and putting at risk a growing farm forestry industry.

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Should we manage kangaroo numbers in the ACT?

Eastern grey kangaroo. Photo: Brett Howland

“To compare it to any European animal would be impossible” Joseph Banks describing a kangaroo in 1788.

Much allure and myth exist about one of the worlds most unique animals, the kangaroo. There is not one, but 47 different species of kangaroo ranging from the size of a small dog, to the massive 85kg red kangaroo. In the Australia Capital Territory, four species of kangaroo and wallaby exist, the swamp wallaby, the red-neck wallaby, the common wallaroo and the eastern grey kangaroo. The eastern grey kangaroo is by far the most numerous and attracts a significant amount of attention and controversy over its management.

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