Old Growth Forests

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.

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 

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.

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.

A government devoid of morals

3 October 2013

Why must it take a tiny environment group to force a government to obey its own laws on threatened species? Jill Redwood wonders what happened to the Victorian Government's morals.

AS I WRITE, the bulldozers and chainsaws are brutalising another superb stand of ancient forest not far from where I am just out of Orbost, south-eastern Victoria.

Environmental concerns about logging in Victoria unabated

20 August 2013
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TONY EASTLEY: Certainly CSG is on electors minds. As we travelled from the Liverpool Plains to Nimbin there were plenty of anti-CSG signs on the entrances to properties on the roads as we drove the seven hours north-east towards the coast and the Queensland border.
CSG, climate change and carbon pricing have dominated federal debate, shadowing other environmental issues.
In Victoria, environmentalists say the last of the unprotected old growth forest in east Gippsland is under threat from logging, as are many of the threatened species that rely on it. 

Federal Govt suggests Victoria's animal emblem is critically endangered

28 May 2013

A leading expert says the Victorian Government is deliberately driving the state's faunal emblem to extinction. The State Government says that's not true. The Federal Government is concerned though.... it wants the Leadbeater's Possum to be listed as critically endangered.

Transcript:

EMILY BOURKE: There are accusations that the Victorian Government is deliberately driving the state's prized animal emblem to extinction, by allowing logging in its habitat.

It's estimated there may be as few as 1500 Leadbeater's Possums left in the wild.

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