Residents and tourists have expressed dismay at the extent of tree clearing in hundreds (possibly thousands) of kilometres of roadside reserves in the aftermath of this summer's devastating bushfires. Many of these roadsides contain extremely valuable habitat. Numerous organisations and business have been called on to clear roads and remove dangerous trees although, in comments on social media, some people are questioning whether healthy trees are also being removed unnecessarily. It is Friends of the Earth's opinion that the majority of the tree removal is needless and is actually uncontrolled wanton destruction. Image: Princess Highway near Genoa - Photo: Nick Clemann
A recent visit to South West Victoria has deeply troubled Friends of the Earth. Perhaps the most haunting image of the crisis facing koalas in the region was a mother and baby holding on to a dead bluegum plantation tree, as Wedge Tail Eagles circled overhead. Thousands of similar scenarios are playing out across the region at present time. The plantation in question had been logged about one year ago. [The animals of concern appear to have survived as they were not present in or around the tree the next morning].
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