Mongabay discusses how Australia’s logging ‘madness’ fuels more fires, hastens ecosystem collapse.
- In the aftermath of the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires, logging has recommenced in the Australian state of Victoria, despite intense criticism from scientists and conservationists.
- The Victorian government announced that logging in native forests will be discontinued by 2030, but conservationists say that 10 more years of logging could lead to ecosystem collapse.
- Scientists argue that logging makes a forest more vulnerable to catching fire, and they’ve drawn a direct correlation between the logging industry and the last bushfire season.
- Plantation logging offers a possible solution to native forest logging, and loggers can also be retrained to be full-time firefighters, experts say.