Victorian native forest timber offered at discount price to Japanese mill

17 July 2015

Australia Paper Morwell site

Australia Paper worker Darrin Canning at the Morwell site. Photo Jason South

Victoria's native timber was offered to a Japanese-owned paper mill at a discounted fixed price as part of a secret government deal to end a protracted multimillion-dollar dispute over unpaid debts.

Room for Improvement

9 July 2014

VicForests has a snowball’s hope in hell of gaining the green tick of approval from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international wood certification body.

It had a preliminary audit carried out on its logging management and it failed dismally. This didn’t stop it from claiming in a media release that the auditors recognised the wonderful job they do (!?)

VicForests FSC certification bid eyes end to old-growth logging in East Gippsland

8 July 2014

VICTORIA’S state-owned forestry company has flagged a potential end to contentious old-growth logging in East Gippsland and improvements to forest management to help it secure top-flight certification.

Nathan Trushell, VicForests general manager, stakeholders and planning, told The Australian that the logging agency accepted it had to make “significant” changes to secure Forest Stewardship Council certification.

Certification bid forces Vic Forests rethink

8 July 2014

An assessment of Vic Forests has found it currently fails to meet a basic standard for sustainable management, triggering speculation that it could change old growth logging practices.

The preliminary assessment was conducted on behalf of the Forest Stewardship Council, a group which works globally to endorse companies if they meet environmental and social responsibility standards.

Audit criticises VicForests application for FSC rating

5 July 2014

VicForests needs to ''significantly'' improve its care of the state's forests if it wants international accreditation of its timber products, according to an unflattering audit.

VicForests, a Victorian government-owned business, is seeking certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), based in Germany, to demonstrate that its harvesting of the state's timber is sustainable, ethical, and protects natural forest. FSC accreditation is widely recognised in the paper and printing industries and would allow VicForests to more effectively market its products to environmentally-conscious customers.

VicForests attempts to influence global wood sustainability group

23 June 2014

VicForests, as we all know, is ruthless in its logging management and in its pursuit of access to our forests. Despite its markets shrinking and despite its customers demanding a sustainable certification tick, VicForests is pushing ahead. It is pursuing an eco-label for its wood and has been a controversial member of the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for the last 7 years.

AFS - Tick for the Status Quo

1 August 2012

The Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) is currently stamped on wood from endangered species' habitat in Victoria. The AFS has also been stamped on wood from unlawful sources  in Victoria when VicForests breached its allocation. For these reasons and others relating to stakeholder engagement, the AFS fails to protect our forests because it sets a low threshold of performance and endorses standard logging practices, which are considered a threat to endangered species.