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Chopping down pine trees – near arboretum

AG Canberra 11 September 2008 62

Anyone know why for the past couple of days a mechanical chopper has been working its way through the first few rows of 3 or 4 year old pine trees near the arboretum (adjacent to the Parkway)?

They are being left in neat rows (not unlike the ones set up after the bushfires to get rid of all the material left over) but are in no way ready to be used for timber production.

Buffer zone for bushfire season?
Lots of xmas in September parties?
Cutting down trees to make way for planting more trees?

If the trees did have to go – surely they could have waited another couple of months and let us go and grab one each for Christmas?

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Loquaciousness Loquaciousness 11:42 am 12 Sep 08

Thumper said :

Yeah, but we’d have enough time to party hard before it happened…

We could party like it’s Nineteen-Ninety-Ni … errrr.

Never mind 😛

L

Thumper Thumper 10:56 am 12 Sep 08

Yeah, but we’d have enough time to party hard before it happened…

Loquaciousness Loquaciousness 10:53 am 12 Sep 08

peterh said :

tylersmayhem said :

Whats wrong with the Swiss?

apart from building a massive particle accelerator?

my point is they are waaaay away from Australia.

europe may get a facelift, won’t worry us…

Actually, I kind of got the idea that if a black hole swallowed Europe, eventually we’d get sucked into it too. Not sure that a few hundred kilometres of ocean would be enough to stop that.

L

peterh peterh 10:47 am 12 Sep 08

tylersmayhem said :

Whats wrong with the Swiss?

apart from building a massive particle accelerator?

my point is they are waaaay away from Australia.

europe may get a facelift, won’t worry us…

Loquaciousness Loquaciousness 10:45 am 12 Sep 08

peterh said :

it will only knock out the swiss – no great loss there…

Well, at least the Swiss are used to having great holes in things I guess …

L

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 10:40 am 12 Sep 08

Whats wrong with the Swiss?

peterh peterh 10:37 am 12 Sep 08

astrojax said :

Surely the universe must now implode?

Wasn’t that supposed to happen yesterday?

well, actually, all they’ve done is to make sure a beam can make it round the breezy twenty seven kays of circuit (almost as cold as a canberra morning at 1.9K [= -217C]) and won’t collide beams and create earth-swallowing holes until early next month.

no need to worry about the elections, or the future of arboretums, then..?

it will only knock out the swiss – no great loss there…

astrojax astrojax 10:36 am 12 Sep 08

Surely the universe must now implode?

Wasn’t that supposed to happen yesterday?

well, actually, all they’ve done is to make sure a beam can make it round the breezy twenty seven kays of circuit (almost as cold as a canberra morning at 1.9K [= -217C]) and won’t collide beams and create earth-swallowing holes until early next month.

no need to worry about the elections, or the future of arboretums, then..?

peterh peterh 10:08 am 12 Sep 08

leave me the birds and the bees, please!

Thumper Thumper 10:06 am 12 Sep 08

A dollar and a half, that is…

Thumper Thumper 10:06 am 12 Sep 08

And you don’t have to pay half a dollar and a half just to see them.

peterh peterh 10:02 am 12 Sep 08

Loquaciousness said :

peterh said :

Loquaciousness said :

peterh said :

so, now we will have a tree museum, how long till we have big yellow taxis??

And a pink hotel!

but we are never going to get a swinging hotspot….

but we might have spots on our apples!

L

as long as they put away the ddt.

miz miz 8:03 pm 11 Sep 08

So . . . chop down pine trees to . . . plant more (wollemi and lone) pine trees?

Look, I love gardens, trees etc but sadly this project is a symbol of the govt’s totally upside down priorities.

G-Fresh G-Fresh 6:37 pm 11 Sep 08

ED – arboretums house both native and non-native species

G-Fresh G-Fresh 6:28 pm 11 Sep 08

Loquaciousness said :

My point is – have any sums actually been done (and made public)? Where is the value in this in dollar terms?

I fail to see how it’s “something historical” in a way that’s any different to the Botanical Gardens.

That’s money literally being sunk into the ground over there and we have one of the worst standards of hospital care in the country. And why? So we can have some pretty flowers to look at.
L

Botanical Gardens and Arboretum’s are usually very different both in aim and in appearance. Botanical Gardens usually house plantings of native flora while arboretums generally are the plantings of exotic international tree and shrub species. Their purpose is not only to be pretty, but also to bolster endangered specie stocks and to educate.

Society cannot simply bundle all money into health & education while allowing other life forms to dwindle into nonexistence. This is the purpose of things like science and arboretums – where our forestry scientists learn what’s what.

As for sums, feasibilities would have been completed as with all gov projects. The aim may not necessarily be to make money, the same with other public and social works.

Loquaciousness Loquaciousness 4:54 pm 11 Sep 08

peterh said :

Loquaciousness said :

peterh said :

so, now we will have a tree museum, how long till we have big yellow taxis??

And a pink hotel!

but we are never going to get a swinging hotspot….

but we might have spots on our apples!

L

peterh peterh 4:46 pm 11 Sep 08

Loquaciousness said :

peterh said :

so, now we will have a tree museum, how long till we have big yellow taxis??

And a pink hotel!

but we are never going to get a swinging hotspot….

hk0reduck hk0reduck 4:00 pm 11 Sep 08

I was wondering the same thing about why they were removing the trees, I mean, it’s not even christmas yet.

Aurelius Aurelius 3:53 pm 11 Sep 08

L, it isn’t when it’s being overseen by Nero, the local mayor and his pyromaniac Emergency Services Dept

Loquaciousness Loquaciousness 3:46 pm 11 Sep 08

tylersmayhem said :

Some how I think it will yield more dollars than the current bland plot upon plot of pine trees.

Yeah. Coz wood isn’t valuable at all.

L

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