What we have all been told for years is that after they log it it all grows back again.

Yeah? Firstly, there are thousands of hectares of smashed and deliberately burnt forest (all part of logging management) that still isn’t growing back and VicForests can’t afford to restore it back to proper forest.

And secondly, where they do, they transform a once diverse, wildlife rich forest into a tree crop suited only to the demands of the woodchip and paper customers. Then VicForests also has the hide to tell us these forests are ‘multiple use’.

Cottonwood Range – showcase of cataclysmic clearing

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cottonwood Range near Bendoc - regeneration failure

When the GECO crew scouted the Cottonwood range near Bendoc they found old growth forest is being logged 1km from this appallingly bad logged site.  It was logged 11 years previously. Their photograph shows it had its earlier wattle regrowth scalped back to bare earth in the hope of coaxing eucalypts back first, but has been rendered a barren landscape devoid of anything but dead bracken.  

Even more shocking is VicForests’ plan to clearfell another 20 stands of forest within 2kms.

Logging is "100% natural"

Monday, April 8, 2013

Isn't it reassuring to know our forests are bulldozed, chainsawed and burnt in a 100% natural way - no artificial colours or flavours.


100 percent natural

                               *image above from VicForests media release - (5/3/13)

VicForests bungle exposed

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This is a little complex but it basically shows that VicForests excel in stuffing up. Public forests are vested in VicForests for a number of years while it gets around to clearfelling them and then afterwards while it oversees the supposed regeneration of them. This can take years – and of course costs them many thousands to regenerate each area.

In late October the Victorian Government forced VicForests to take back responsibility for 1,500 hectares of logged forest that it had wrongly returned to the Government. VicForests has been told to properly regenerate the areas.

Latest logging audit spin

Sunday, August 14, 2011

How can an audit that has found environmental breaches on almost all the coupes checked possibly end up with a result of 93% compliance?
The latest audit of logging in Victoria’s forests will leave many environmentalists convinced that these Audits are totally worthless exercises that have done nothing to protect biodiversity in our forests. One of the reasons for the audit result is that around half of the things checked by the auditors are checks to make sure paperwork has been filled in correctly.

Baillieu govt rewards VicForests for bad management

Thursday, June 30, 2011

VicForests has again been given aid of almost $1.3 million to clean up degraded clearfelled public forests that should have been rehabilitated and paid for by VicForests years ago.

“What other business has made a loss every year yet is rewarded by millions of dollars of tax payers money to keep going?” asked Jill Redwood of Environment East Gippsland.

Long overdue regeneration report released

Friday, June 20, 2003

In 1996 the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) provided figures to the public about its 'success' of growing back trees after forests are ravaged by clearfelling. Seven years on and DSE has released a new report to the public.

This report covers regeneration attempts during the period 1993/94-1996/97 and has been delayed for years while DSE tried to sort out problems with its data and produce some credible figures for a change.