Getting woody at the Noojee Trestle Bridge
Baw Baw News
By William PJ Kulich // 14:25, Friday 17 February 2012
Evan Gill's photograph of the Noojee Trestle Bridge.
A photograph of the Noojee Trestle Bridge has been named a finalist in a national photography competition.
The 94-year-old wooden bridge is the focus of a photo by Evan Gill, who entered his shot in Planet Ark’s ‘Snap Some Wood’ photography competition.
The competition asked the public to send in photos showing the versatility or beauty of wood.
The competition is a part of Planet Ark’s ‘Make It Wood – Do Your Wold Some Good’ campaign, which encourages the use of responsibly sourced wood in all forms of construction as a method of carbon capture.
Mr Gill said in a Planet Ark media release he was impressed by how well the bridge, the tallest surviving trestle bridge in Victoria, had lasted.
“I just love the fact that something so old, made of wood not concrete or metal, that has had a hard life battling the elements (not to mention the trains rumbling across it) can be kept in such a pristine state for younger generations to enjoy,” Mr Gill said.
Make it Wood Campaign Manager Chris Philpot said in a media release wood is an effective way to capture carbon.
“Although most people are aware that trees release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, many don’t realise that the carbon remains locked up in the wood even after it is harvested. Up to 50% of wood’s dry weight is made up of carbon, making wood unique amongst materials for storing rather than emitting carbon,” Mr Philpot said.
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