A Dead Loss

Yes – a ‘dead loss’ sums up Victoria’s native forest logging industry. 

It can’t survive without sponging off tax payers, it breaks laws you and I have to adhere to, it destroys ancient ecosystems and trees hundreds of years old, it stuffs up our water catchments, thumbs its nose at the public’s concerns, leaves thousands of hectares of once-was forest as a weed infested mess, it lies, feeds government and communities outrageous spin, is unaccountable, uneconomic, unprincipled, unlawful.

Its existence is a shameful blight on Victoria.  

MyEnvironment Inc. Environment group heads to court to stop destruction of endangered possum’s home

24 August 2011

MyEnvironment Inc, a local Yarra Ranges environment group is heading to the courts today in a desperate attempt to stop logging in one of the few high-conservation value forests spared from the horrific Black Saturday bushfires and home to the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum.   

A writ to be filed in the Melbourne Supreme Court this morning seeking an injunction against state-owned timber company VicForests to stop logging at Sylvia Creek forest, which has been a hotbed of protest action in the past month.

Latest logging audit spin

14 August 2011

How can an audit that has found environmental breaches on almost all the coupes checked possibly end up with a result of 93% compliance?

The latest audit of logging in Victoria’s forests will leave many environmentalists convinced that these Audits are totally worthless exercises that have done nothing to protect biodiversity in our forests. One of the reasons for the audit result is that around half of the things checked by the auditors are checks to make sure paperwork has been filled in correctly.

Baillieu govt rewards VicForests for bad management

30 June 2011

VicForests has again been given aid of almost $1.3 million to clean up degraded clearfelled public forests that should have been rehabilitated and paid for by VicForests years ago.

“What other business has made a loss every year yet is rewarded by millions of dollars of tax payers money to keep going?” asked Jill Redwood of Environment East Gippsland.

“VicForests has claimed for years that they are regenerating all of the clearfelled forests they are responsible for. Now we see the government recognise that this is not so. It’s basically a $1.3 million lie.

VicForests’ excuses unconvincing

13 June 2011

The recent exposé of the export of high quality whole logs to China has shown one more of the many underhanded and hypocritical operations that VicForests manages. Environment East Gippsland has accused VicForests of either colluding with their log customer’s illicit trade or being hopelessly incompetent as the government’s corporate forest manager.

Saving the giants

18 April 2011

VICFORESTS have announced a new “Giant Tree Protection Policy” which they say will protect any tree greater than four metres in diameter or 85 metres high in approved harvesting areas.

Michael Ryan, VicForests' Forest Scientist said VicForests' policy regarding 'giant trees' would also endeavour to protect trees which are greater than three metres in diameter.

“Trees of greater than three metres in diameter are more common both in reserves and other forest areas, however, protecting these trees will allow them to also grow into giant trees over time,” he said.

VicForests – the scandals!

11 April 2011

The report to Treasury on the performance of VicForests was revealed in late February via an FOI by the Age newspaper. > Read it here.  It details much of their mismanagement and appalling behaviour. They have illegally logged forests, not adhered to their charter, not regenerated thousands of hectares of logged forest, lost millions of public money and of course thumbed their nose at environmental regulations.

VicForests pulls facts ... out of a hat.

4 December 2010

After a complaint was made about the content of VicForests’ “Flora, Fauna and Wood Production” factsheet, they have pulled it off their web site and replaced it with several new “fact” sheets that are just about as bad as the original.

VicForests has been running around media outlets trying to build “relationships” and in the latest Sustainability report they brag that they have:

increased our capacity to be a source of credible facts and figures about the timber industry.

$400,000 annually to silence critics

1 December 2010

With the late 2010 state election out of the way, VicForests released its 2010 Sustainability report, a classic piece of Spin from the last days of the Brumby era. This year VicForests appears to be more concerned with hosing down community concerns over salvage logging and biodiversity protection than providing any information about its performance – the results for VicForests compliance with standards that appeared in the 2009 report is missing from the 2010 report.