KATE BURTON

This is the Weld River in southern Tasmania. The valley is home to ancient trees and giant stringybarks and is right next door to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. When I visited the valley I saw on the one hand these crystal clear waters of the Weld River and on the other hand the desolate results of clearfelling. The forest industry argues it doesn’t clearfell anymore - it practises ‘aggregated retention’. Instead of felling an entire area it retains a few clumps of trees for wildlife. One problem is though that many of the animals the forest is home to can’t survive in this environment. Venturing into the open to move between clumps of trees they fall prey to birds and other hunters, which fundamentally changes the makeup of the forest flora and fauna. Read writer Kate Burton’s blog, HERE