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Jobs or Trees

254002405_ab07bf96c6_m Now tell me when 80 jobs were worth more than a forest full of trees? Well in Victoria, Australia that’s apparently going through some people’s minds…

FOUR new national parks and billions of litres of water are needed to save the Murray River’s dying river red gum forests, an investigation has found.

But the timber industry claims that up to 80 jobs could be wiped out and some small towns decimated by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s recommendations.

SOS for red gums: it’s water or die – National – theage.com.au

An unsustainable industrial practice should never win over the preservation of a dying forest. With over 70% of the trees under stress and 400 species of plants and animals under threat, can the Forestry and Timber industry really see this as a good PR exercise?

It’s hard to find more water for the river, but with so much diverted for irrigation elsewhere, the question comes back to whether industry and farming wins over vast areas of natural threatened habitat land.

Lets hope that common sense prevails.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.