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It is believed that the Queensland Government is spending too little on protecting its forest and too much on destroying it Community groups are sweating to planting trees while government bulldozers are clearing them away 3 The rate of forest destruction to planting in Queensland is 101 The ACF Australian Conservation Foundation Executive Director Don Henry says 76 million has been spent on fencing off and planting about 130 000 hectares while more than ten times that amount has been cleared With 105 million dollars the Government could save 47 million hectares with the stroke of a pen 3 Forest destruction leads to several problems The ecosystem in the long run is always affected Forest logging causes erosion greenhouse gas emissions etc etc Regrowth of a forest is a long process - it takes up to 600 years for a rainforest to reach a climax community 5 The problem is further complicated by the fact that forest destruction seems to be necessary for the survival of mankind Australia has strict laws on the use of its forests Often companies are required to replant trees in areas that are logged This is known as reforestation There was an International Climate Summit in 1997 at Kyoto Japan Australia was involved in this They agreed on a protocol allowing forest plantations to be considered 4 Companies pumping large levels of CO2 in the air can gain credit-points for planting trees to absorb the CO2 These plantations can be used as part of an emission trading scheme 4 that will come into effect later on Recycling is a simple way of saving the forests But because recycled paper is a lot more expensive that normal paper consumers looking for a discount will buy non-recycled paper instead Books newspapers magazines etc etc contribute to the destruction of many forests With the space age approaching we
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