Forest Regeneration

What we have all been told for years is that after they log it it all grows back again.

Yeah? Firstly, there are thousands of hectares of smashed and deliberately burnt forest (all part of logging management) that still isn’t growing back and VicForests can’t afford to restore it back to proper forest.

And secondly, where they do, they transform a once diverse, wildlife rich forest into a tree crop suited only to the demands of the woodchip and paper customers. Then VicForests also has the hide to tell us these forests are ‘multiple use’.

Cottonwood Range – showcase of cataclysmic clearing

8 November 2015

Cottonwood Range near Bendoc - regeneration failure Photo from GECO

This was logged 11 years ago! It was once a stand of beautiful forest rich with wildlife and birds - tall trees and lush understorey. It is part of the 10,000 ha of public land in Victoria that remains a wasteland after clearfell logging.

The photograph shows it had its earlier wattle regrowth scalped back to bare earth in the hope of coaxing eucalypts back first, but has been rendered a barren landscape devoid of anything but dead bracken.  


Even more shocking is VicForests’ plan to clearfell another 20 stands of forest within 2kms.

What underlies the Minister’s lies?

3 September 2015

Minister Jaala Pulford is responsible for VicForests. She’s been caught with her pants on fire again trying to cover for it in reply to a question from Greens MP Sam Dunn in early September.

She asked about ‎VicForests’ self-allocation of an additional 316 new stands of forest in Victoria to be clearfelled. The Minister said it was OK because the same number of hectares was also removed off logging maps. What she didn't say was that most of those coupes VicForests had already clearfelled and were now handing back to DELWP to manage!

VicForests bungle exposed

11 December 2012

This is a little complex but it basically shows that VicForests excel in stuffing up. Public forests are vested in VicForests for a number of years while it gets around to clearfelling them and then afterwards while it oversees the supposed regeneration of them. This can take years – and of course costs them many thousands to regenerate each area.

In late October the Victorian Government forced VicForests to take back responsibility for 1,500 hectares of logged forest that it had wrongly returned to the Government. VicForests has been told to properly regenerate the areas.

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.

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.

The rate of forest regeneration

10 May 2010

If native forest is being clear felled and not regenerated then it is not a sustainable industry nor is it sustainable for biodiversity. The results form the Department of Sustainability and Environments Monitoring Annual Harvesting Performance 2007/2008 proves that logging in Victoria based on regeneration performance alone is unsustainable

The following captures and highlighted areas from the aforementioned report show the lack of sustainability: