Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Australian scientist links forest logging to bushfires, calls for review of practice near human settlements; Australia

ABC South East NSW - Scientist links forest logging to bushfires:
The Australian National University's Professor David Lindenmayer says removing the tree canopy allows sunlight to dry the forest floor.
Professor Lindenmayer and his colleagues have found forests are more prone to fire if they have been logged.
He says it is time to rethink if logging is appropriate given the heightened fire risk.
'I'm saying that we probably do need to think deeply about where we do the logging,' he said.

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