VicForests Exposed

VicForests logs Powerful Owl habitat for …. firewood?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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Powerful Owl (Image Duncan Fraser)

You’ve got to be joking, right? VicForests are spruiking the importance of  firewood as a sustainable product from Parlour’s Creek coupe. Is firewood really such an important part of their business model?

Which kind of means that they’re logging Powerful Owl and Greater Glider habitat for firewood!

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.

Logging starts in Strathbogies

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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The natural beauty of the Strathbogie State Forest.

After years of discussion and campaigning, environment groups feel like they are losing the battle to protect Strathbogie State Forest with VicForests beginning its logging operation.

Euroa Environment Group and Strathbogie State Forest Group want a thorough assessment of the forest values to establish how much forest is available for sustainable logging and ensure it does not encroach on native species.

Is Victoria's native forestry industry worth it at $5 million a job?

Monday, June 27, 2016

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The viability of Victoria's government-owned native forestry business has been thrown into doubt by a high-level analysis concluding it takes more than $5 million of investment in roads, machinery and equipment to create a single timber job.

Victorian forests worth more as national park than timber

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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This ANU report proves the logging industry is worth 1/70th what the forests produce in water value.

Professor David Lindenmayer said plainly "This is really dumb economics..." Logging in the central highlands generated a tiny $29 per hectare of additional net economic activity in 2013-14. That compares to a $2,023 per hectare contribution to the state's water supply, a $2,667 per hectare contribution to agriculture and $353 per hectare from tourism.

The analysis also found the value of carbon sequestration was potentially greater than the value of logging. Based on a carbon price of $12.25 - which was the average price paid by the Commonwealth in its second direct action emissions fund auction - it estimated carbon storage could generated about $38 per hectare per year.

VicForests takes credit for volunteer scientists' work

Friday, May 27, 2016

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Greater gliders as surveyed by GECO.

UPDATED: VicForests claim spin doesn’t steal credit from GECO

A community group of citizen scientists has become incensed following the release of a statement by VicForests that appears to claim their work for its own.

A Gippsland-based group of citizen scientists claim VicForests has attempted to take credit for its work in protecting the habitats of nine endangered species.

Goongerah Environment Centre‘s (GECO) Ed Hill was shocked to see a media release from VicForests earlier this week regarding the stoppage of logging operations after the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) verified the population of greater gliders on the site.

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.

Stopping the Chopping: forest defence in Victoria

Sunday, December 20, 2015

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The forests of East Gippsland, Victoria, continue to fall victim to an over-subsidised and under-regulated forestry industry. While some threatened species of flora and fauna should enjoy legal protection, the regulations are too-often ignored in the quest to make a dollar out of an unsustainable plunder. Thankfully, there are people on the ground to defend the forest and get in the way of the machines if need be. A powerful combination of legal action and direct protest have catalysed a recent win for the forests on the St Patrick's River, East Gippsland.

Guests:

Jill Redwood - Environment East Gippsland

Ed Hill - Goongerah Environment Centre

Image: logging halted on Tuesday 15th December, 2015. The machines were soon withdrawn from the area.

- See more at: http://www.3cr.org.au/earthmatters/episode-201512201100/stopping-choppin...

The forests of East Gippsland, Victoria, continue to fall victim to an over-subsidised and under-regulated forestry industry. While some threatened species of flora and fauna should enjoy legal protection, the regulations are too-often ignored in the quest to make a dollar out of an unsustainable plunder. Thankfully, there are people on the ground to defend the forest and get in the way of the machines if need be. A powerful combination of legal action and direct protest have catalysed a recent win for the forests on the St Patrick's River, East Gippsland.

Guests:

Jill Redwood - Environment East Gippsland

Ed Hill - Goongerah Environment Centre

Image: logging halted on Tuesday 15th December, 2015. The machines were soon withdrawn from the area.

- See more at: http://www.3cr.org.au/earthmatters/episode-201512201100/stopping-choppin...

The forests of East Gippsland, Victoria, continue to fall victim to an over-subsidised and under-regulated forestry industry. While some threatened species of flora and fauna should enjoy legal protection, the regulations are too-often ignored in the quest to make a dollar out of an unsustainable plunder. Thankfully, there are people on the ground to defend the forest and get in the way of the machines if need be. A powerful combination of legal action and direct protest have catalysed a recent win for the forests on the St Patrick's River, East Gippsland.

Guests:

Jill Redwood - Environment East Gippsland

Ed Hill - Goongerah Environment Centre

Image: logging halted on Tuesday 15th December, 2015. The machines were soon withdrawn from the area.

- See more at: http://www.3cr.org.au/earthmatters/episode-201512201100/stopping-choppin...

East Gippsland Logging halted on Tuesday 15th December, 2015

Logging halted on Tuesday 15th December, 2015. The machines were soon withdrawn from the area.

The forests of East Gippsland, Victoria, continue to fall victim to an over-subsidised and under-regulated forestry industry. While some threatened species of flora and fauna should enjoy legal protection, the regulations are too-often ignored in the quest to make a dollar out of an unsustainable plunder. Thankfully, there are people on the ground to defend the forest and get in the way of the machines if need be. A powerful combination of legal action and direct protest have catalysed a recent win for the forests on the St Patrick's River, East Gippsland.

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