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Victoria's logging regime is facing a new legal challenge, this time over alleged failures to properly detect and protect endangered species in East Gippsland forest slated for harvesting.
Environmental activists have launched Supreme Court action seeking logging to be ruled unlawful in parts of the Kuark Forest, outside Orbost, until the state-owned timber agency VicForests carries out targeted surveys for endangered species and puts in place protection measures.
The green campaigners say their surveys have found evidence that two areas slated for logging are home to threatened animal and plant species, along with protected stands of rainforest.
The creatures central to the legal tussle include the Yellow-bellied Glider, Long-footed Potoroo, East Gippsland Galaxias and a previously undescribed species of crayfish.