East Gippsland

Logging plan puts squeeze on Victoria's high value native forests

26 November 2016

VicForests' timber release plan targets 12,000 hectares of East Gippsland forest. Photo: John Renowden

Victoria has taken the dubious title of being the largest logger of Australian native forest by volume, accounting for around a third of all native forest logged in the country over the past year.

The state government agency VicForests logged more than 1.3 million cubic metres of wood from Victoria's native forests, almost 100,000 cubic metres more than the year before.

Is Victoria's native forestry industry worth it at $5 million a job?

27 June 2016

The viability of Victoria's government-owned native forestry business has been thrown into doubt by a high-level analysis concluding it takes more than $5 million of investment in roads, machinery and equipment to create a single timber job.

VicForests takes credit for volunteer scientists' work

27 May 2016

Greater gliders as surveyed by GECO.

UPDATED: VicForests claim spin doesn’t steal credit from GECO

A community group of citizen scientists has become incensed following the release of a statement by VicForests that appears to claim their work for its own.

A Gippsland-based group of citizen scientists claim VicForests has attempted to take credit for its work in protecting the habitats of nine endangered species.

Logged forest near Bendoc that didn't regenerate a 'major disaster' says East Gippsland environmentalist

10 November 2015

An East Gippsland environmentalist is calling for an investigation into areas of state forest that have failed to regenerate after being logged.

Jill Redwood said there was a parcel of land outside of Bendoc, near the New South Wales border, where there was nothing but dead bracken on land that was logged 11 years ago.

Ms Redwood said State Government data showed there was 10,000 hectares of land across Victoria where trees and plants had not regrown after clear-felling.

The Knitting Nannas vs tree loggers

27 October 2015

Green group of elderly women claim truckers are trying to intimidate them at forest protest by driving too close

  • Knitting Nannas of Toolangi protest against the destruction of native forest
  • They claim they have been intimidated and bullied by pro-loggers
  • A logging truck allegedly drove dangerously past them, speeding
  • Later, an image of a logged tree with spray painted 'hug this' was posted
  • It was posted to their Facebook page by a pro-logger 

Logging in East Gippsland losing up to $5.5 million a year

28 May 2015

Environmental activists in East Gippsland. Photo: Goongerah Environment Centre Office

Logging in East Gippsland is not commercially viable and cutting down native forests across the region is racking up losses of up to $5.5 million a year, internal government documents reveal.

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.

VicForests extends moratorium on logging in East Gippsland owl habitat

16 December 2014

State-owned timber company VicForests has agreed to extend its moratorium on logging in certain areas of East Gippsland.

An environment group is suing the timber company and the Victorian Government, over the logging of old-growth forest that is home to endangered owls.

After further legal wrangling, VicForests has agreed to halt any logging of the 81 coupes in question until February 27.

David Walsh from VicForests said legal discussions between the parties were continuing.

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