Since our successful Brown Mountain Supreme Court case win in 2010, VicForests has been obliged to ‘look before they log’ to identify threatened wildlife and important values such as rainforest. VicForests has been carrying out very limited surveys and has been failing to find values that Citizen Scientists have identified, recorded and reported on. This has happened in forests planned for logging that had no on-ground field surveys, as well as those which did but the contracted surveyors didn’t find the values that were there.
The Citizen Scientists and survey teams from both GECO and FFRC provided detailed surveys to the compliance section within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). It is the role of DELWP to enforce legislation that protects rare plants and animals. Sometimes they did their job and sometimes they didn’t.
This is where EEG and the environmental lawyers from EJA stepped in. These articles document some of the finds and the protection measures that were put in place since Dec 2015.