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Scientist: Australia taking ‘calculated actions’ to push Leadbeater’s possum to extinction

6 June 2013

Australia’s leading scientific expert on the endangered Leadbeater’s possum has publicly lambasted the Victorian state government, claiming it is the first ever domestic administration to take “calculated actions” that it knew could wipe out a threatened species.

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.

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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.

The gathering tragedy in our forests

19 May 2013

Victoria’s forests are beset by problems – and time is running out to provide solutions.

Mention forest issues in Australia and almost everyone thinks of seemingly endless battles in Tasmania. Yet few people realise that large parts of the Victorian forest estate are in far worse shape than Tasmania’s.

This is because of the tiny fraction of remaining old growth, the rapid rate of overcutting of dwindling sawlog resources and the widespread use of antiquated and highly damaging clearfelling methods.

VicForests attacked over logging plan

16 May 2013

Victoria’s state-owned timber company will reduce logging by 25 per cent in the bushfire-ravaged mountain ash forests of the central highlands – but will wait until mid-2017 to make the shift.

The ash forests are home to Victoria’s endangered faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, whose numbers fell to well below 2000 after the Black Saturday fires ravaged its habitat and have not recovered.

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.

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