Forest Industries of Tasmania

Managing Tasmania's private forests to the world's highest standards

Home » News » Letters to the Editor » Carbon

Carbon

16 May 2008

Rob Devenoges - Examiner 16/05/2008

Rob Devenoges (letters 15 May) comments regarding forestry burns are from someone with little understanding of why these burns are performed.   Read more...

13 May 2008

Martin Hay - Examiner 13/05/2008

I agree with Martin Hay (letter, May 13) that forestry residues should be converted to biofuels and/or “bio-char” to harness to our advantage the stored carbon-neutral solar energy which holds all organic matter together.   Read more...

08 Apr 2008

K Taylor - Advocate 08/04/2008

Kim Taylor should reread my letter published on April 1. I stated 84% of Tasmanian rainforests are in reserve, not native forest of which there is 47% reserved.   Read more...

07 Apr 2008

P Volker - Mercury 07/04/2008

Dr Peter Volker (3 Apr) explained the practice of burn regeneration to the public in an informative and interesting way. Regeneration burns are an essential element to the survival of new seeds and the ongoing survival of new trees. Wood releases carbon only when it is burnt or left to decay therefore the rotting option would be highly detrimental as new growth would be unable to flourish and unlike burning, there would be no carbon offset by new growth.   Read more...

03 Apr 2008

Editor - Mercury 3/04/2008

The forest industry has stringent criteria in place in regards to burns. One criteria is assessing how smoke will affect communities and the safety of people.  Read more...

31 Mar 2008

I Prince - Advocate 31/03/2008

Ian Prince (Adv. Mar 22) wants to know how people who don’t have access to the web can view planned burns updates (www.plannedburnstas.com.au). In today’s technological world, there are online access centres, internet cafes and internet terminals at libraries all manned with staff who are more than willing to assist new users.   Read more...

18 Mar 2008

A Rowlands - Advocate 18/03/2008

Arnold Rowlands (Adv. Mar 15) wants to see retention of all rainforests to help prevent climate change. Some of his comments are incorrect and misleading.   Read more...

17 Mar 2008

E Ross - Advocate 17/03/2008

I agree with Estelle Ross (letter, March 14) that forestry waste should be converted to biofuels and/or “bio-char” to harness to our advantage the stored carbon-neutral solar energy which holds all organic matter together.   Read more...

07 Mar 2008

Dr Graeme Stevenson - Advocate 07/03/2008

Dr Graeme Stevenson raises concerns (March 5) over forestry burns.   Read more...

04 Mar 2008

N Harris - Examiner 04/03/2008

N Harris (March 4) says trashing forests contributes to climate change. Firstly, the forests are managed not trashed and secondly he is correct in saying it contributes to climate change – it does in a positive manner.   Read more...

18 Feb 2008

Editor - Mercury 18/02/2008

Greens Climate change spokesman Nick McKim stated when a decision is made to log old growth forests, there was significant carbon loss. He also stated the government’s figures show the forest and land use change sector is Tasmania’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases.   Read more...

21 Dec 2007

Pete Roberts - Mercury 21/12/2007

Pete Roberts interest in forestry’s role in combating climate change (Letters 20/12/07) is welcome as this is a debate that we are certainly keen to engage in. He highlighted some interesting points that need further explanation but I note that he did not reference any scientific data to support his claims.   Read more...

15 Nov 2007

P McDermott - Mercury 15/11/2007

Peter McDermott asks what is meant by "sustainable biomass" (Letters 12/11/07). Biomass can be defined as "all biological organisms, dead or alive, and their metabolic by-products" (http://www.sustainabilitydictionary.com/b/biomass.php), or more simply, biomass is air (carbon dioxide), water and sunlight combined through the process of photosynthesis.   Read more...

07 Nov 2007

C Atherton - The Examiner 07/11/2007

Cynthia Atherton correctly states that forests have an “unrivalled capacity to absorb and store carbon emissions” (Letters 1/11/07). Cynthia asks if “forests have to be living to help us in this way”. The answer is that it is growing trees that absorb carbon and store it as wood, but that carbon continues to be stored in wood and wood products after processing whilst newly established trees absorb even more carbon.   Read more...

01 Nov 2007

K Plowman - Mercury 01/11/2007

Kane Plowman is either being deliberately misleading or is very confused regarding the facts about forestry and climate change when he states that forestry is Tasmania’s largest greenhouse gas emitter (Letters 27/10/07). This is totally incorrect; in fact the opposite is true. Forestry is the only sector of the Tasmanian economy that actually absorbs more greenhouse gases than it releases.   Read more...

03 Sep 2007

Will Mooney - Mercury 03/09/2007

Will Mooney is correct in stating that climate change is a key political issue but this is the only fact to be found in his correspondence, which I note did not reference any scientific data(Letters 30/8/07).   Read more...

23 Aug 2007

Jeremy O'Wheel - Mercury 23/08/2007

Jeremy O’Wheel (Letters 23/8/07) should go back and have another look at the Australian Greenhouse Office data, as in my previous letters I encouraged all Tasmanian’s to do. Mr. O’Wheel claims that the total greenhouse gas emissions for the forestry sector in 2005 were 3 million tonnes of CO2e.   Read more...

21 Aug 2007

Frank Nicklason - Mercury 21/08/2007

Long time anti-forestry campaigner Frank Nicklason seems very confused about the forest industries role in combating climate change (Letters 19/8/07).  Read more...

17 Aug 2007

K Plowman & W Mooney - Mercury 17/08/2007

We can go back and forward quoting different scientific papers produced over the years as scientists have researched the forests and carbon issue (Letters Mooney and Plowman 16/8/07) but the bottom line is the most up-to-date data at the Australian Greenhouse Office shows that the forest industry in Tasmania absorbed 2.1 Million tonnes of CO2 in 2005 and the Australia wide industry absorbed 19.6 MtCO2.   Read more...

07 Aug 2007

Kane Plowman - Mercury 07/08/2007

Kane Plowman questioned my facts regarding the forest industry and greenhouse gases (Letters 1/8/07). Rather than argue the point, I have provided my references below.   Read more...

27 Jul 2007

Mollie Campbell-Smith - Examiner 27/07/2007

It is fantastic that Mollie Campbell-Smith has raised the need to increase awareness about the forest industry and climate change (Letters 26/7/07).   Read more...

26 Jul 2007

John Biggs - Mercury 26/07/2007

John Biggs writes that he has been told that “forestry operations are the biggest threat to climate change” (Letters 26/7/07). This cannot go unanswered.  Read more...

© 2010 The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania

Web Design by  Walker Designs