The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organisation that sets standards to evaluate whether forestry is practiced in an environmentally, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.
December 12, 2017
Logging has just commenced - unannounced - of a precious coupe, 'Calvin', on the West face of the Royston Range, directly opposite the Rubicon Historic Area (illegally logged by VF), just above Royston River Falls and gateway to the amazing Cerberean Plateau and the Rubicon Forest (now almost logged out).
The Rubicon State Forest and other state forests of the Central Highlands are being devastated by unsustainable, industrial-scale clear felling, despite huge forest losses in the Black Saturday bushfires. Mountain landscapes have been scarred for years to come, with swathes of mountain ash forest reduced to quasi-plantations.
Other forest values such as wildlife conservation, biodiversity, bushfire mitigation and outdoor recreation and tourism are being seriously compromised.
Off-road Cycling Adventures in Victoria's Central Highlands. Great resource for the off road cyclist. Suggested tours. Beautiful photographs. Thanks Aidan!
Rubicon Valley Historic Area
Great report by BIGCOL and Jen, 4x4 enthusiasts, on their August 2015 camping trip through the Rubicon. Magnificent photos. Thanks BIGCOL!
On and on it flows: a barbed, bristling, triffid-like sea of blackberries. Blackberries blanket roadsides and logged hills and as far as the eye can see; bunch around tall tree trunks; drape across tree ferns; choke mountain streams, and hang through the mossy branches of mystic Antarctic Beech trees, the Gondwana icon that attracts official conservation status.
The Rubicon Forest Protection Group takes a trip through the historic Rubicon forest to bear witness to its beauty, biodiversity, and its destruction as a result of logging. By Jill Sanguinetti
Few people are aware of the massive scale of year-round logging occurring behind a thin veil of protected forest on the escarprnents overlooking the major tourist roads from Toolangi to Marysville, Alexandra and Eildon, only 100kilometres north east of Melbourne.
The Greater Gliders, officially classified as ‘vulnerable’ has suffered an 80% drop in population and will probably disappear altogether from the Rubicon if logging of post 39 ash forests continues at anything like its present rate. An unknown number died in the 2009 fires, including the family of gliders that lived for years in an old tree about 20 metres from our home, and who used to come crash-landing on our roof almost every night. See the story article about Greater Gliders in Friday’s Age.
Two excellent resources for visitors to (and residents in) Murrindindi in the Winter Guide for 2017:
- Rubicon Valley's Explosive Past - a brief overview of the Cerberean and Acheron calderas; and
- Rubicon's scenic, historical, ecological and cultural heritage.
Post and tweet to encourage visitors!