Logging and Clearfell

Our native forest regulations need to move with the times

Monday, July 20, 2015

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The aftermath of a regen burn at a central highlands logging coupe

The RFAs governing forestry activities have failed to protect both the industry and the environment, says Rice. Credit: ABC Environment

The rules governing our native forests, RFAs, were drawn up nearly 20 years ago. They need to be thoroughly reviewed and updated to reflect the changes in the forestry industry that have occurred in the last two decades.

Rare ferns, rainforest species found in Victorian forest earmarked for logging, environment group says

Monday, July 20, 2015

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Kuark forest

Kuark Forest, outside Orbost, has been earmarked for logging. ABC News: Elise Kinsella

Rare ferns and rainforest species have been discovered in a part of the Eastern Victoria region that is earmarked for logging, according to an environment group.

Logging activists fined despite their surveys revealing flaws in the law

Monday, July 13, 2015

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Three environmental activists have been fined for surveys they carried out in a logging coupe in East Gippsland, though the state government conceded it needed to bolster timber harvesting rules following the activists' report.

The activists from the Goongerah Environment Centre are facing fines of $440 each for entering the coupe in late April, which they say they will likely fight in court.

Victorian timber bound for China under secret Andrews Government rescue plan

Monday, July 13, 2015

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VicForests has been left without a market for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of residual timber. Photo: Andrew Quilty

Victoria's low grade native timber could soon be packed into shipping containers bound for China and other cut-price countries for processing under a plan to help ailing state timber company VicForests.

Logging unsustainable if Leadbeater's possum is to survive, says Zoos Victoria

Friday, June 19, 2015

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A Leadbeater's possum

A Leadbeater's possum, which Zoos Victoria says will become extinct unless logging in Victoria's central highlands decreases. Photo: Joe Armao

The head of Victoria's zoos says the scale of logging in the state's central highland forests is environmentally unsustainable and has backed the creation of a new national park as giving key endangered species the best chance of survival.

Audit could see WA Forest Products Commission lose certification, environmentalists say

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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 Print Email Facebook Twitter More Felled tree stump in Nelson forest  Posted Tue at 6:45pm  Environmentalists say this tree was felled in Nelson forest and was up to 300 years old

Environmentalists say this tree was felled in Nelson forest and was up to 300 years old. Supplied: Environmental Alliance

Western Australia's Forest Products Commission should lose its "green tick" accreditation because its activities are not sustainable, environmentalists say.

The commission will undergo its annual scheduled audit next week and environmentalists are hoping this will result in it losing the certification, which shows its products come from sustainable operations.

Victorian government threatens environment group honoured by UN

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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Environmental activists in East Gippsland. Photo Goongerah Environment Centre OfficeLast week, the Gippsland environment group Goongerah Environment Centre (GEC) was shortlisted for the prestigious United Nations World Environment Day Awards in the Habitat Restoration and Biodiversity category.

The announcement came as the Victorian government was threatening to prosecute GEC volunteers for exposing an illegal rainforest logging operation.

Goongerah green group fears VicForests illegally logging Errindura Plateau rainforest in East Gippsland

Friday, April 10, 2015

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An environment group has accused VicForests of illegally logging rainforest in East Gippsland.

The Goongerah Environment Centre alleged the state-owned timber company had logged about one hectare of rainforest on the Errindura Plateau.

The group's spokesman, Ed Hill, said according to the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act, any rainforest areas bigger than 0.1 of a hectare must be protected.

He said loggers had bulldozed ancient rainforest canopy species that were hundreds of years old.

Forestry agreements need a full overhaul, not just a tick and flick

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Regional Forest Agreements were supposed to give certainty to both loggers and conservationists. But they haven’t. Pengo/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY

For almost two decades, the management of forests in parts of Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales has been underpinned by state and federal Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs), defined as “20-year plans for the conservation and sustainable management of Australia’s native forests”.

The broad aim of RFAs is to “provide certainty for forest-based industries, forest-dependent communities and conservation”. RFAs are now up for renewal, and it would certainly be in industry advocates' interest for them to be simply “ticked off”, without the critical scrutiny that is clearly warranted.

The RFAs need to be fully reviewed, not just renewed, because they have had highly perverse outcomes – rather than helping to ease environmental problems, the agreements have actually worsened them in some cases.