Clearfell Logging

Fears for Leadbeater’s possum

9 April 2013

The Napthine government has quietly dumped controversial proposed changes to the state’s timber code allowing loggers to seek exemptions from laws protecting endangered species.

The move paves the way for larger changes to rules covering endangered species and logging, which are being foreshadowed under a yet-to-be-finished ”forest biodiversity project”.

It comes as monitoring of endangered species populations in the state’s key central highlands forests – including Victoria’s endangered fauna emblem the Leadbeater’s possum – is believed to have found worrying results for some critical species.

Last Chance For Victoria’s Fairy Possum

5 April 2013

The Leadbeater’s possum, the animal emblem of Victoria, is being pushed towards extinction by state-subsidised logging, write Lauren Caulfield and Amelia Young

In 2010, the Baillieu opposition went to the election without an environment policy. Two and a half years and a change of premier later, it’s still not a priority for Victoria’s Coalition government.

Sending Leadbeater’s Possum down the road to extinction

14 December 2012

We have studied the effects of current widespread clear-felling in Victoria’s Mountain ash forests for almost three decades. Clear-felling now loses large amounts of money for the state of Victoria, degrades the forest, erodes water catchment yields, increases fire risks, and is driving Leadbeater’s Possum – the state’s faunal emblem – to extinction.

An alternative pathway is to reform (and significantly reduce) the loss-making pulpwood and timber industries, capitalise on the massive financial carbon values of these forests, maintain and then improve the water catchment values for Melbourne, and, in doing so, protect the globally endangered Leadbeater’s Possum.

It’s our choice.

A state of extinction?

7 December 2012
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Bushfires and logging have taken a terrible toll on the habitat of the rare Leadbeater's possum. How long can it survive? Bridie Smith and Tom Arup report

The ground squelches underfoot, the forest a mass of branches criss-crossing between the slender trunks of mountain swamp gum and the ferny undergrowth. This is Leadbeater's possum country. And one of the tiny critters is about to get a rude awakening.

Photos ups ante in fight to save endangered possum

4 December 2012

FEDERAL Environment Minister Tony Burke has been urged to stop logging in Victoria's state forests after the emergence of photographic proof that endangered Leadbeater's possums are living near the Gun Barrel Coupe in Toolangi.

More than 1000 photographs of two possums, the Victorian state emblem, were recovered from motion-sensor cameras last weekend. MyEnvironment director Sarah Rees said the pair were "literally hanging on for survival in 'emergency housing', a decrepit tree in an old logging coupe".

VicForests avoids Supreme Court - agrees not to log rainforest sites.

21 November 2012

In an out of court settlement – VicForests has today avoided being taken to the Supreme Court a third time by environment groups. This follows the case against VicForests coming to an agreed end in the Supreme Court today.

VicForests agreed to protect 9 areas in nationally significant rainforest sites in East Gippsland.

“The out of court settlement means that VicForests agreed to no logging at three forest areas and to modify their logging boundaries in another six Rainforests Sites of National Significance”, said Jill Redwood.

VicForests posts loss after 'challenging year'

13 September 2012

TAXPAYER-OWNED native forest logging company VicForests has recorded another financial loss.

Environment groups and Greens have said it is “staggering that VicForests gets free land and trees to cut down but still manages to make a loss” and it would be cheaper to send its employees “to Bali to retire” than to keep the entity alive.

But VicForests says it is looking to the “future after a challenging year” and blamed the high Aussie dollar, global economic conditions and legal expenses for the loss.

State drops illegal harvesting case

10 August 2012

THE state environment department has dropped a court case against state-owned logging agency VicForests for alleged illegal harvesting of protected rainforest.

The two parties have instead cut an out-of-court deal meaning VicForests is almost certain to avoid a potential fine of up to $29,000.

In March The Age reported the Department of Sustainability and Environment had laid five charges on VicForests relating to harvesting of protected rainforest in the Orbost Forest District in East Gippsland in late 2010.

Native forest logs 'torched'

22 June 2012

HUNDREDS of tonnes of native forest logs harvested for timber have instead been "torched''.

They have been torched by a government agency, eyewitnesses say. And the locals question the viability of the Victorian Government logging agency.

VicForests harvested coupes near Genoa last year.

Locals say logs good enough for timber products – known as sawlogs – were not removed from the site, instead being pushed into piles and burned.