- I haven't edited this site since early 2011. In fact, I've barely
looked at it in that time. I only changed the intro to note changing
governments, but not policies (which didn't change unfortunately),
for a good 7 years before that. FoEFN had our most intense burst
of inspiration and activity between 1992 and 2002. I kept this
site up because I felt it was a historical record of a dedicated
group of people who fought to elevate Nature in human consciousness.
It is a raw record of the vision we had for the future of sustainable
timber and fibre production on Earth. Some elements are cringeworthy
in retrospect but what would you expect from the vanguard (and
felt that we had identified a sustainable pathway but we ran into
opposition to our ideas on every front. Even our supposed allies
worked to exclude us from the public debate about the future of
forests and ecology in general in Australia. We were considered
a "fringe" group and extreme. I was prompted to update
this intro after I read an article by CSIRO (Australia's Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). Now we have
scientists providing empirical validation of the ideas we were
promoting, but were vilified for, 15-20 years ago.
is the CSIRO article I refer to: this
this was our vision to convert monocultural plantations into an
ecologically diverse alternative (drafted 15-20 years ago): here
was our broader vision: here
this update, like all our work and our vision, is a bit rough.
We were on the right path. I just want to acknowledge the thousands
of people who came to our meetings and organised and participated
in direct action. Sometimes we butted heads. Some were incredibly
generous. Regardless of our differences, and not all subscribed
to our vision, I want to acknowledge each and every one of you
as a pioneer and visionary. We ventured outside the dominant paradigm
and our ideas were ultimately influential and, I believe, will
be widely promulgated.
you doubt me, ask yourself why CSIRO have caught up with us 20
years later. (Don't even ask about the thousands of people
have been bankrupted by fraudulent MIS plantations)
logging of pristine forests such as rainforest, mature and old
growth forest (that is forests that have not been changed by modern
forestry practices) still occurs in Victoria in 2011 - New Premier
Ted Baillieu and the Liberal / National Coalition have stamped
their (lack of) environmental credentials on government by re-introducing
cattle into Victoria's high country parks.
in the Landscape: Different values, a shared vision
and 24th June 2011, Teacher's
Federation Conference Centre, Sydney
i tokaut has been fighting corruption in the PNG forest industry
since 2002. Their site is now being blocked in PNG. Apparently
some powerful people don't want the truth getting out. There is
a link to a mirror of their site underneath our header (top right).
Growth forest still being decimated in East Gippsland
management is sustainable, we replace every tree that we log."
- Forestry Myths
Hijau Watch PNG ( Papua New Guinea )