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Old Growth Forests

VicForests accused of felling old-growth mountain ash

28 June 2010

THE Victorian government’s forestry arm will face a legal challenge over claims it illegally logged old-growth forest and increased the risk to a threatened species.

Environmental groups accuse VicForests of felling dozens of pre-1900 ash eucalypts, breaching the Central Highlands Forest Management Plan.

An impending legal case will also claim the timber agency failed to protect habitats necessary for the survival of Victoria’s threatened faunal emblem, Leadbeater’s possum.

Logging ‘a threat to wildlife’

2 March 2010

‘STATE-SANCTIONED logging of old-growth forest in East Gippsland poses a risk to threatened and endangered species and is at odds with the government’s own legislation, an environment group has said.

Environment East Gippsland is suing VicForests, the government agency responsible for logging in state forests, over plans to log about 60 hectares at Brown Mountain, which greens and the timber industry see as a symbolic battleground.

Judge likens Gippsland logging to the Somme

15 September 2009

A Supreme Court judge has compared images of a felled forest with a World War I battlefield before ordering a temporary ban on logging in a hotly contested part of East Gippsland.

Environmentalists claimed a historic victory after winning an injunction over logging of two zones of old-growth forest at Brown Mountain, seen as a symbolic battleground by greens and the timber industry.

The injunction will stand until a trial to test whether the logging would pose a threat to endangered species, particularly the long-footed potoroo.

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.

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.