On the school holidays mum took my brother and I to Toolangi State Forest. It is less than an hour from my home.
It was very cold. She took me up there so I could see what logging is. We drove around the forest looking for a clear area. We didn't realise that we drove past a really big area where they had logged. We saw the Kalatha Giant Tree which is thought to be 300-400 years old. The trunk was so big and to see to the top you had to almost lay down. It was the biggest tree I have ever seen.
We saw three logging areas. We would be driving along a dirt road through dark forest and then it would suddenly get more sunny- this was where they had logged trees. We didn't see one of the logging areas because they had blocked it off with a big tree, surrounded it with sticks and tried to hide it. But we saw it. We parked the car and got out to go look. This is where these photos are taken. We walked up to the logged area. It made me feel like I don't like people that do this. It made feel really sad. It was such a mess left behind. When we were walking through the tracks the trucks had made, it felt like spongy carpet- this was all the wood chips mulched down. There was HUGE piles of the beautiful trees.
DID YOU KNOW- they only take the tree trunk? They leave all the branches and leaves there. What a waste. It was so messy- imagine if people like you or me did that to a forest. We would be in so much trouble.
Just think- you are wiping your bottom and blowing your nose and writing on paper made by these tree trunks.
As we were trying to walk back to the car, mum slipped. She didn't want to drop the camera but she slipped on her bottom. It was very funny.
Seeing a forest logged was just terrible. Who in their right minds would want to do this? NOT ME! I wish everyone could see this for themselves. You really must see this to understand how bad this is. I wish the lady (Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change, Lily D'ambrosio) would say it is not ok to log our forests. Because animals live in there. Without trees there is no oxygen and without oxygen there is no people and without trees there are no animals either.
If you can go and see this PLEASE DO! I think kids should see it too. We all need to learn ways to work with our environment and ways to help it.
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My name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I am a Koala Crusader- raising money and awareness for our VULNERABLE koala's and spreading messages about our wildlife that we are lucky enough to live WITH. These are stories written by ME!