East Gippsland clearfell logging history.
VRN has created overlays for Google Earth that expose the cumulative effect of clearfell logging on the forested landscape of East Gippsland.
Download Google Earth clearfell logging overlays
The East Gippsland clearfell logging overlays for Google Earth cover the area shown in the map below.
The clearfell logging KMZ files for Google Earth contain 15 individual maps that are the same coverage as standard 1:50,000 topographic maps. The numbers in red on the map are the key for each individual clearfell logging overlay for Google Earth.
When these overlays are activated in Google Earth, the cumulative clearfell logging effect can be revealed. The pink areas represent old growth forest that was clearfell logged from the late 1980's to June 2004. The dull green areas are young even-aged forests that were clearfell logged from the early 1970's to the late 1980's.
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Download all overlays at once or select individual overlays from index map.
The source maps are publicly available and can be viewed on the DSE SFRI mapping web site. It should be noted that the overlay VRN has created is only as accurate as the governments SFRI mapping, you may pick up some discrepancies when using Google Earth. Additionally any logging that has occurred in the past few years will not be revealed as the Google Earth and the governments SFRI maps. (Hence more has been clearfell logged than what is revealed). Note: SFRI = Statewide Forest Resources Inventory.
It is handy to be able to see the National Park and reserves boundaries for East Gippsland.
- If all the clearfell logging overlays are turned on, Google Earth may be slow or jerky. To avoid this, do not turn all layered maps on at once.
- VRN has taken care to align these images as accurately as possible however there may be some misalignment in some places.
Some things you may want to look at in Google Earth
- Fade the overlays in and out to reveal the area clearfell logged.The fade bar looks like this and is under the list of GoogleEarth places:
- If you have downloaded the East Gippsland rainforest EVC overlays then you can see if logging occurred near rainforest stands.
- If you have downloaded the East Gippsland Rainforest Sites Of Significance (RSOS) overlay you can see the extent of clearfell logging within RSOS.