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 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.

Environmental group threatened with prosecution

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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rainforest logging East GippslandAn environmental group who discovered evidence of logging in a Gippsland rainforest has been threatened with prosecution.

Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) raised the alarm last month when they discovered trees had been ripped out in a protected area, in the Errinundra National Park

But the State Government found there was insufficient evidence that VicForests had illegally cleared the trees.

Now a State Government official has written to the local environmental group, threatening to prosecute them for trespassing.

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.