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Is THIS the price of progress? Focus on: The petrified forest

Williams, G. (1979) Is THIS the price of progress? Focus on: The petrified forest. Daily News, 18 January 1979. pp. 1-8 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Focus feature shares the first of a two-part series by George Williams on the forests around Manjimup and Pemberton.
The photographer-reporter team from the Daily News was guided through the forests by Mr. John Thompson.
Mr. Thompson has been a forester for 60 years and supports charges by the South West Forests Defence Foundation against the woodchippers and the Forests Department.
President of the South West Forests Defence Foundation, Dr. Beth Schultz, and Mr. Thompson have made charges that the Forests Department has allowed and approved the actions of woodchippers; trees are being felled right into the water's edge of streams; branches, logs and debris are being dumped in waterways; young trees are destroyed and big logs wasted, and bark is constantly burning.
Both the Forests Department and spokesman for WA Chip and Pulp Co. Pty. Ltd. claim that all the company's operations are closely supervised by forestry staff.
The company's general manager, Mr. J. Oldham denied that trees were cut to the water's edge.

This article contains five photographs, one of conservationist, Dr. Beth Schultz using binoculars to check erosion through a valley; one image of a forest view with a motor vehicle in the foreground; one image of retired forester, John Thompson standing among karri logs left by woodchippers; an image of the bottom of a valley, a tributary of the Donnelly River, blocked with logs and debris, and one image of a treeless landscape.
Photographer is David Taylor.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1979 Daily News
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57616
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