One of the most common breaches of the law and codes is destruction of protected rainforest.

The foresters and contractors love knocking it out where they can. Despite a simpleton's guide to identifying rainforest, the trained tree counters still can’t manage to do it, even with a picture book of plants to refer to.

It has been VicForests most consistent serious breach in every logging audit since they began in 2004.

VicForests excused for illegal logging

Sunday, August 12, 2012

When is a rainforest not a rainforest? When the greenies don't see it first

VicForests wiped out 8 ha of protected rainforest some time ago. In a first, the Department of Sustainability and Environment prosecuted them. However, after many adjournments of the case, on August 6th (2012) a behind the scenes deal was done instead.

After such a heinous crime, we were imagining VicForests being marched off in leg irons to the dungeon. But the DSE instead softened (to pressure from Baillieu’s mates?) and agreed to offer the accused – charged with 5 counts of criminal logging of rainforests - a 12 month try-a-bit-harder behavior bond. What citizen that destroys so much protected vegetation would ever be let off the hook so easily?

VicForests – serial defendants to environmental cases

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

VicForests is becoming a familiar defendant in the Victorian Supreme Court. In late 2010 the Court found it guilty of intending to illegally log an old growth forest near Brown Mountain that supports protected rare and endangered wildlife. Now they are again in the same court defending their actions to destroy Victoria’s faunal emblem, the endangered Leadbeater’s possum. On March 30th the Orbost Magistrates’ Court is hearing a criminal case against illegal rainforest logging by VicForests.

Illegal rainforest logging case to be heard in April.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Environment East Gippsland had a win today as the Supreme Court decided that its rainforest logging case can go to trial after Easter, with VicForests not able to log the site in the meantime.

"VicForests was about to log illegally in a protected National Rainforest Site of Significance. We started this Court proceeding to stop them, so it was a big win for us today," said Liz Ingham of Environment East Gippsland.

Rainforest protection fails again

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Last Easter, three EEG members entered a beautiful rainforest and old growth area in the Bonang River catchment on the Errinundra Plateau. It was being logged. They found what they considered illegal logging of a buffer, which should have been protecting the rainforest in the gully. Morally, a chainsaw should never have come near the entire area but we can only argue with what’s considered “legal’ by our government.

Logging and the Thomson Water Catchment

Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Thomson Reservoir is situated along the eastern escarpments of Mount Baw Baw and carries approximately 60 percent of Melbourne’s water storage capacity. It is surrounded by 48,700 hectares of forested catchment that includes the northern and eastern slopes of Mount Baw Baw, the southern slopes of Mount Matlock on the Great Dividing Range and the western slopes of the Aberfeldy Range. The Thomson is the largest of four major water supply catchments for Melbourneand is located within the Central Highlands of Victoria.

Law enforcers exempt from the law

Thursday, September 1, 2005

If a private land owner was to destroy native vegetation without a permit, they would be fined and forced to rehabilitate up to 15 times the same area that was destroyed. This is now part of the Native Vegetation Management Framework drawn up by The Department of Sustainability and Environment. But the department which is empowered to enforce this regulation is, in fact, exempt from it.