Whether and what connection there is between bushfires and logging is the subject of much passionate debate in Australia right now.
Does logging cause or exacerbate bushfires? Or can logging or forestry management minimise the risk of bushfires? Can it do this without compromising the environment? Which is more fire resistant – an unmanaged, untouched forest or a well-managed forest? Are they now, or can Australian forests be sustainably logged? Perhaps the answer to all of these questions is, “it depends”, and if it is, depends on what?
Or is the whole debate a furphy and the actual practical question to be asked now, really, is ‘how’? How can Australian forests, as they are now, be best managed to achieve the best outcome with the least adverse consequences both for the forestry and timber industry and for the environment?
If you have expert experience or knowledge in this field, your input – as balanced and unemotional as possible – is invited.
If you know someone who should contribute to this debate, let them, or me, know.