Carl Jung (1875/1961) once described the early 20 century as ‘The age of distraction’; I wonder how he would describe the current age; ‘The age of disinformation’, perhaps?
The current forest dispute unfolding in the Whian Whian State Forest has been described in your pages as being over the protection of ‘pristine rainforest’ and ‘old-growth Blackbutt forest’.
I would lay odds that not one in a thousand of your readers would be aware that the action is taking place in a forest that was specifically planted by NSW Forestry for the purposes of logging. Further, I would lay odds that not one in a hundred of your readers has ever ventured into the Whian Whian State Forest and viewed the plaques that designate the year in which the various blocks of forest were planted out for the ultimate purposes of logging.
I would be genuinely interested to know how many of your readers have actually walked the 8km Minyon Falls Loop, rather than simply observing from the lookout, and would therefore be aware of what a genuine ‘pristine rainforest’ looks like – and no doubt taken note of the fact, during their walk, that nature, whatever that may be, doesn’t intend anything to last forever in the fact that the lifecycle of the strangler fig favours its taking root in the forks of the very oldest and biggest trees in the forest and killing and supplanting them.
Lester Brien, Byron Bay
FYI Lester, the forestry is actually taking place on private land off Whian Whian Road under a contract with NSW Forestry Corporation and not in the Whian Whian State Forest as you suggest. – Ed