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DELWP to investigate VicForests for logging protected rainforests

Friday, April 1, 2016

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For the third time in as many months, a Gippsland-based environmental organisation has blown the whistle on VicForests for logging potentially protected rainforest in the region.

On Thursday, the Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) announced it had blown the whistle on Victoria’s commercial logging business, VicForests, triggering an investigation by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP).

In a statement released yesterday, GECO stated that its recent surveys in East Gippsland revealed logging had occurred in rainforest buffer zones where rare and endangered species had been identified.

Just who should be certified?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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AUTHOR Jared Diamond, in his groundbreaking 2005 book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, has a small seven or eight-page section on the creation and development of the Forest Stewardship Council in the early 1990s, and its progress to 2003-2004.

Backburn may have caused Wye River fire to escape

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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A controversial backburning operation, carried out despite warnings of potential catastrophe, may have led to the Christmas Day devastation of the Wye River township, leaked files reveal. 

The confidential state government files reveal that three days after a lightning strike on December 19 caused a small, half-hectare blaze to begin near Wye River, Victorian fire officials ordered a controlled burn operation which included the dropping of small fireballs from aircraft.

Victoria's national parks in jeopardy after deep funding cuts

Monday, January 4, 2016

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National parks are said to be vulnerable to weeds, deer, horses, foxes and cats. Photo: Jason South

Victoria's national parks are increasingly struggling to cope with feral animals, weeds, fire threats and degraded infrastructure after deep budget cuts.

The Southern Brown Bandicoot Dilemma

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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Southern Brown Bandicoot

For the last 13 years, the nationally endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot has been proclaimed with great hype and expectation as a flagship species in the local biosphere region. They were still prevalent on the Mornington Peninsula and in the Frankston area including the Pines. Sadly, because of incompetence and to a degree of unwillingness by DEPI and Parks Victoria, this species has now become totally extinct on the Pen. and in the Frankston area including the Pines.

Unrealistic fuel reduction targets won’t guarantee better community protection

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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Heat on: The area the Victorian National Parks Association says would be burnt annually under a 20 per cent fuel reduction target.

IT’S time to move beyond extravagant claims in the fire debate and have a good look at all of the evidence and options before us.

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