Karri Forest Logging

black white landscape photography

This page was originaly called “Threnody”, but has changed to Forest Logging for web clarity

Threnody noun (song of) lamentation esp. on person's death [f. GK threnoida threnos wailing, oide ode] (OED)

I settled in Quinninup in the Australian karri forest intending to work with black & white photography in a contemplative manner. However, I quickly realised the truth of the destruction to the local karri forest. The result was that much of my black and white photography for the following ten years was documentation of the destruction and defense of the small remnants of the once magnificent south west karri forest

black white landscape photograph naked women on Karri tree stump Gaener forest WA
Peta and Debbie on the Megastump
Gardner 08 State Forest, January 1999

The tree really was that big. The dimensions are; widest diameter 4.07 metre, circumference around butresses 14.03 metres

The timber turned out to be "useless" and now lies on the forest floor. I have heard that a video recording was made of Wayne Crombie-Wilson felling the tree

Regarding the logging of Gardner 08 State Forest, Peter Beatty, CALM Planning Officer for this block stated "This [Gardner 08] was the most ancient and pristine area [of karri forest] we had. We decided to log it because the timber industry was locked out of Jane and Giblett Forests by protests."

black white landscape photograph logging Boorara State Forest WA
Boorara State Forest, March 2000

Boorara Karri Forest was clearfelled (clearcut) in 2000 by the Western Australian Government and timber industry against determined protest by local environment groups. During the Boorara logging a log truck driver pointed to his loaded truck on the edge of Borrara Forest on 15th March 2000 and said "Photograph these, you will never see their like again", he was right

Log Loader
Roading Contractor's Log Loader Penetrating Boorara State Forest to Insert Road Blocks, 22 February 2000
black white landscape photograph logging Gardner Forest WA
Karri Forest, "Fall" Gardner Forest. February 1999
black white landscape photograph logging Boorara State Forest 2
Karri Forest, Boorara State Forest During Operations, May 2000
black white landscape photograph logging Boorara State Forest aerial
Karri Forest, Boorara State Forest from Air during Logging Operations, May 2000
black white landscape photograph logging Gardner State Forest
Karri Forest, Flooded Log Landing Gardner State Forest November 1998
Felling, Gardner Forest
Felling Pre-Scarfed Trees, Gardner State Forest March 2000
Karri Forest, Boorara State Forest During Operations May 2000
black white landscape photograph logging Swarbick State Forest 990711.2
Karri Forest, Mud, Swarbrick State Forest July 1999
Swarbick State Forest 990610A88
Log landing, Swarbrick State Forest, 10 June 1999, the day the Northcliffe Environment Centre initiated the Swarbrick Campaign
black white landscape photograph logging Sutton State Forest
Karri Forest, Debris Following "Re-gen Burn" Sutton State Forest September 1994
Tree Feller Kinkin
Tree Feller, Kinkin State Forest April 2003
black white landscape photograph logging Sutton State Forest 2
Karri Forest, Debris Following "ReGen Burn" Sutton State Forest September 1994
Felled Kinkin State Forest
Felled Tree Falling, Kinkin State Forest April 2003
black white landscape photograph logging Burnt Windrows
Karri Forest, Burnt Windrows Following Fire in Regenerated Forest Sutton State Forest December 1998
Tree Feller Kinkin
Tree Feller, Kinkin State Forest April 2003
black white landscape photograph logging Burnt Windrows 2
Karri Forest, Burnt Windrows Following Fire in 15 year Old Regenerated Forest, Sutton State Forest December 1998
Kinkin State Forest
Log Loader on Landing, Kinkin State Forest April 2003
black white landscape photograph logging Log Truck
Karri Log truck approaching turning for Diamond Woodchip Mill, April 1994

THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT
IS CONTINUING THE DESTRUCTION

15th February 2009
The Madness Continues

With global warming running away and changing our land to a more fireprone environment the stupidity of ancient forest logging continues

Pemberton logging truck
Two Log Trucks with old growth forest
Pemberton, 30th January 2009 © John Austin 2009
Pemberton loging truck
Log Truck with old growth forest
Pemberton, 13th February 2009 © John Austin 2009

8th June 2008
LOGGING TO EXTINCTION

Logging to extinction of the south west karri forests of Western Australia continues. These two photographs were taken 3 minutes and 10 seconds apart, according to the camera's EXIF data

Both were taken in the main street of Pemberton, a dreary little south west Western Australian town dominated by a timber mill

Clearfelling is continuing in Western Australian karri forests, despite the promises made prior to the 2001 Western Australian election. The 2001 WA Labor Government's claim that logging has ceased in old growth karri forest is based on the WA Department of Environment and Conservation DEC reclassification of the remaining ancient karri forest, or anything else that contained big trees, as "two tier", making it available to the WA Forest Products Commission FPC for clearfelling

The new national parks largely consist of "non-production", poor quality, forest and clearfell areas. The non-production forest often contains greater biodiversity than tall canopy forest, but tall canopy forest is needed for a balanced conservation system. Re-generated orest is an even aged monoculture plantation. Regen has the visual excitement of Regency wallpaper

Pemberton loging truck

Pemberton loging truck

I have ceased black and white photography of karri forest devastation. To be constantly faced with the destruction of my local environment is to suffer



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