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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.

Cat tracking program makes owners re-think pets' behaviour and how they manage their moggies

Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Willie is one of seven cats living with Stephen Barnes in Lithgow, where the cat tracking program took place. ABC Central West: Melanie Pearce

The old nursery rhyme may have questioned where the pussy cat had been, but a new research program reveals that just like the moggy that went to London, Australian domestic cats love to roam.

Using global positioning system (GPS) devices, the program used at Lithgow, in central-west New South Wales, tracked the daily movements of a group of pet cats.

The results shocked some of their owners.

Call To End Special Treatment For The Logging Industry

Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Victorian conservationists who’ve saved a colony of threatened Greater Gliders from loggers say the latest victory is further evidence the Federal Government should tear up the Regional Forestry Agreements, which exempt native forest logging from national environmental law.

Regional Forest Agreements: Nice idea but total failure!

Friday, May 13, 2016

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RFAs were designed to reduce conflict but tensions still flare up regularly. Photo: Dave Gallan

RFAs were designed to reduce conflict but tensions still flare up regularly. Photo: Dave Gallan

On Wednesday this week, the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) launched a new report entitled Regional Forest Agreements in NSW. Have they achieved their aims? In short, the answer is no — far from it, writes Dr Oisín Sweeney.

REGIONAL FOREST Agreements (RFAs) are deals between the Commonwealth and State governments that allow for logging in public native forests.

There are ten RFAs currently active in four states: Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and NSW. They begin to expire from 2017 with East Gippsland and Tasmania first.

We all live downstream – it’s time to restore our freshwater ecosystems

Monday, May 9, 2016

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In East Gippsland our freshwater ecosystems are threatened by clearfelling in most catchments, by industrial and agricultural pollution and excess nutrients, fire fighting chemicals broadcast over large areas, all of which end up in the Lakes system that is also threatened by deepening of the entrance at Lakes Entrance. This is changing a brackish-freshwater system to a marine system, killing of the unique suite of species that evolved in these Lakes. The fact that in East Gippsland we are still seeing new species of fish and crays discovered shows how little we know what is in the water, let alone how it all works. [Ed]

Moo-ve along: livestock are one of many threats to Australian freshwater ecosystems. Mick Stanic/Flickr,

Freshwater covers a tiny area of the planet’s surface, but is vital for our economies, environment and, of course, our survival. Yet freshwater is also among the most threatened ecosystems, where wildlife has declined faster than in the oceans or on land.

Legal eagles protect forest habitat

Monday, May 2, 2016

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Our forests are under pressure. Victoria is the most cleared state in Australia, so the forests left there are crucial habitat for wildlife like the greater glider and yellow-bellied glider. New species are still being discovered in our forests, such as the East Gippsland Galaxias fish. That makes it all the more shocking that state logging agency VicForests doesn't do what the law requires them to when it comes to checking for threatened species in areas slated for logging.

Danya Jacobs is Environmental Justice Australia's Forest Defence Lawyer. She uses her legal skills to defend patches of forest that might otherwise be lost to logging. From last-minute injunctions to educating citizen scientists so their evidence is courtroom quality, Danya has a wealth of legal experience and a passion for forests. Danya will be sharing the story of our forest defence work and the challenges she works to overcome at a Forest Briefing.

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