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Scientists warn greater glider faces extinction and want it protected from logging

Friday, June 2, 2017

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Those who know the greater glider have a vivid way of describing it: like a flying possum crossed with a koala. About the size of a garden-variety possum, but with a looped tail up to 60 centimetres long and membranes that extend from its elbow to its ankle, it is Australia's largest gliding marsupial.

Scientists say it may not continue to be: it is headed for extinction. Two decades ago, greater gliders were abundant up the east coast, but a combination of land-clearing, logging and the rising threat of bushfires linked to climate change has triggered an 80 per cent population crash.

The greater glider is headed for extinction. Photo: Pavel German

Logging plan puts squeeze on Victoria's high value native forests

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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VicForests' timber release plan targets 12,000 hectares of East Gippsland forest. Photo: John Renowden

Victoria has taken the dubious title of being the largest logger of Australian native forest by volume, accounting for around a third of all native forest logged in the country over the past year.

The state government agency VicForests logged more than 1.3 million cubic metres of wood from Victoria's native forests, almost 100,000 cubic metres more than the year before.

Large trees under threat: researchers

Saturday, April 23, 2016

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While much of the focus lately has been the impact humans are having on the largest, and most spectacular reef in the world, slightly inland we are hurting one of our other greatest natural beauties.

Scientists from James Cook University and the Australian National University have released a paper detailing the threat to large, old trees.

Victoria’s giant trees: a contemporary survey

Friday, April 1, 2016

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The huge base of 'Darejo', Eucalyptus denticulata-14.3m in girth

Victoria's largest tree paper published in the Victorian Naturalist. This recently published paper is a thorough documentation of Victoria's giant trees - and sadly their loss. It suggests the government should protect all trees over 3m diameter or the giants will be lost in our landscape.

Stripping Tasmania of ancient forests and endangered species habitat fails to gain FSC for Forestry Tasmania

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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The Bob Brown Foundation will continue to call for secure protection for endangered species and native forests in the wake of Forestry Tasmania’s comprehensi

East Gippsland logging faces fresh court challenge over endangered species

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Activists have launched legal action against VicForests, alleging it is not properly protecting species such as the Yellow-bellied Glider are to be logged Photo: Ed Hill, Goongerah Environment Centre

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.

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