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East Gippsland

Landmark injunction halts old-growth logging

14 September 2009

Environmentalists have won a landmark court injunction to halt logging in old-growth forest in far east Gippsland.

The temporary injunction brings into doubt a State Government decision to allow logging in two areas at Brown Mountain, north of Orbost.

Victorian Environment Minister Gavin Jennings last month lifted a seven-month moratorium on logging at the mountain, reasoning government surveys had found no direct evidence of threatened species.

Long-footed potoroo puts pressure on Brown Mountain logging

24 August 2009

A RARE long-footed potoroo has made an 11th-hour appearance for surveillance cameras at Brown Mountain that could win the area a reprieve from logging.
The Victorian Government announced on Friday it would allow bulldozers back into the region because research had not found any endangered animals in the area.

Conservationists responded by seeking an urgent court injunction on the grounds that the area is critical habitat for a number of endangered animals.

State's cheap timber sales 'undermine native forest policy'

6 April 2009

THE State Government has been accused of undermining its own forests policy by selling off native hardwood timbers for as little as $2.50 a tonne.

VicForests, the State Government's forest industry arm, has been undercutting commercial plantation pulp wood suppliers by selling off native forest timber harvested in East Gippsland for between $2.50 and $6 a tonne.

Commercial hardwood timber is sold for between $38 to $60 a tonne.

Campaign to save old-growth forest turns to radiocarbon testing

2 April 2009
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Environmentalists campaigning to save the remnants of an old-growth forest at Brown Mountain in Victoria's far east say radiocarbon testing has proven that one of the trees cut down earlier this year was between 500 and 600 years old. They're urging the Victorian Government to rethink its policy on old-growth forest to ensure all ancient trees are protected.

Nothing natural about selection of which trees die

10 November 2008

POSTMAN'S Track is a dividing line. Heading down into what locals call the Valley of the Giants, about seven hours drive east of Melbourne, thick old-growth forest soars up to 50 metres on both sides of the skinny trail.

But there is an arbitrary distinction. On the right is Errinundra National Park. On the left is forest available to the timber industry. In the view of conservationists, it is soon to be "smashed into oblivion". The low grumble of a chainsaw can be heard about a kilometre away.

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