A new threat facing our forests
Can you imagine boiling your kettle or charging your phone using electricity produced by burning ancient trees?
The Forest Management Plan 2014 – 2023 for WA’s south-west forests has extended an invitation to a new highly destructive 'bioenergy' industry that would strip our forests and use the wood as fuel for generating electricity or biofuels such as ethanol.
There is an existing approval for a controversial biomass power plant at Diamond Mill, between Manjimup and Pemberton. The approval is only for plantation wood at this stage, but a freedom of information application has revealed that government agencies and industry advocates want to see karri trees used as feedstock.
Burning native forest logs to generate electricity would be disastrous for our forests, wildlife and south-west communities. All such proposals must be rejected.
Logs stockpiled for woodchipping - Manjimup Woodchip Mill March 2012).
Logs like these would feed the furnaces. Carbon dating has shown the trees are up to 600 years old.
Image T-B: Paul Kimbell, WA Forest Alliance.