Clearfell Logging

Errinundra Plateau rainforest canopy needlessly destroyed in East Gippsland, Environment Dept report finds

4 May 2015

A report from the Department of Environment has revealed VicForests' contractors needlessly destroyed rainforest canopy in East Gippsland

The department visited the area last month to investigate claims VicForests had illegally logged rainforest on the Erindurra Plateau.

Victoria must stop clearfelling to save Leadbeater’s Possum

23 April 2015

The Leadbeater's possum David Lindemayer

Leadbeater’s Possum is dependent on large, old trees that produce hollows for its survival. David Lindemayer

The Leadbeater’s Possum, Victoria’s faunal emblem, has been formally recognised as critically endangered. In a media release late on Wednesday, Environment Minister Greg Hunt stated there was an “unequivocal need” to move the species from endangered to the critical listing.

Barnaby Joyce accused of pushing Leadbeater's possum towards extinction

13 March 2015

The agriculture minister’s decision to choose paper sourced from forests logged in the possum’s habitat criticised by environmentalists

The Leadbeater's possum

It is thought only 1,500 Leadbeater’s possums have survived. Photograph: Healesville Sanctuary/AAP

Barnaby Joyce, the agriculture minister, has been accused of pushing Victoria’s animal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, closer towards extinction by personally intervening to ensure his department uses paper sourced from its habitat.

Environment East Gippsland launches fourth legal action against government, this time over the provision of owl habitats

6 November 2014

A small environment group is seeking to sue the Victorian government for the fourth time, this time over its alleged failure to properly protect three threatened species of owl.

Powerful Owl chick

A young powerful owl, which needs 800 hectares reserved for each pair of birds. Photograph: David Hollands

Forestry industry out on a limb

9 August 2014

In its heyday, the town of Cann River in the far east of Victoria was home to seven sawmills. But now just one remains .

Bob Humphreys, 70, has run it for 43 years. As a boy he spent school holidays working at the mill.

In all that time no changes have been as dramatic as those which have buffeted the industry in the past five years.

‘‘Our critical mass has shrunk to such an extent that sooner or later it will no longer be viable. And we're rapidly approaching that point, I reckon,’’ Humphreys says.

Victoria leads logging of native forests

8 August 2014

Victoria has become the largest producer of wood from logging native forests in the country, following a dramatic contraction in Australia’s native timber industry over the past decade.

The industry’s decline, and Victoria’s rise to the top, is in large part a result of native timber losing its prized international woodchip markets, with domestic and international plantations now favoured by buyers in Japan and China.

Axe VicForests or chop off the public money

28 May 2014

The age of entitlement is alive and well in Victoria. At least when it comes to the logging of native forests, a proposition that has become so financially fraught the government is considering getting into the business of firewood collection and chipboard production just to prop it up.

A couple of weeks ago South East Fibre Exports – the Japanese-owned company that owns a large woodchip mill at Eden – decided to dump a contract taking waste timber from VicForests’ East Gippsland logging operations.

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