VicForests – major certification fail

VicForests has failed a forth time to gain the global forest environmental certification tick. We wonder what other motives they have to continue applying for acceptance when their practices don’t change.

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RFAs need to be terminated

EEG has submitted comments to the farcically late 5 yearly review of RFA (26 Jan 2018). We say they must be terminated.

The Regional Forest Agreements cost us $300 million dollars to pretend the forest battle had been solved by ‘balancing all values’. They have failed on almost every environmental promise, but for 20 years it has allowed the industry to log without fear of federal environmental constraints.

East ...

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EEG submission to RFA renewal plan

The RFA was designed and executed to favour unbridled and unaccountable clearfelling and burning of publicly owned native forests. Now governments want to renew this crime for another 2 decades.

 EEG has once again told the government why the RFA is really Sweet FA. As we and many others have over the last 20 ...

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Council adopts a lose-lose stance on threatened Flying Foxes

The East Gippsland Shire Council (EGSC) appears determined to destroy the roosting site of a colony of the threatened Grey-headed Flying Foxes. This is a major blunder of immense ignorance and bloody mindedness that will likely result in an even bigger problem for the council, possibly with a million dollar ‘fix-it’ bill and an even more threatened, threatened species.

During 2015 and 2016, the colony remained at the ...

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Flying Foxes – an economic ‘golden egg’ for Bairnsdale or a million dollar back-fire?

There could be a win-win solution for the current controversy over the nationally significant colony of Flying Foxes along the Mitchell River, say local environment groups.

A failure if the council proceeds with habitat destruction could cost ratepayers over a million dollars going by other documented failures and the lessons learned. The second stage of habitat removal and dispersal is planned to begin in the next week or two.

Both the Gippsland Environment Group and Environment East Gippsland believe there are a ...

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ECO-FRIENDLY FIREWOOD – are their homes warming yours

There are few sights more comforting than a stack of split wood. And there are few more cheering times than toasting the feet by an open fire or wood heater. The wind howls, the rain beats a rhythm on the roof and the soup simmers on the stove. But who once sheltered in that tree you’re now burning? 

Now don’t turn to the next page not wanting to feel guilty. Let’s explore the most eco-friendly ...

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Will forest shredders stop fires?

Putting VicForests as the overseer of these trials has discredited the trial’s integrity right from the start.

Trials are currently underway to assess ‘mechanical fuel reduction’ in our public forests. The details are sketchy but seem to be based on a US practice of using heavy machinery with mulching/shredding capacity to run through native forests turning everything in the lower and mid story into mulch or shredded material. ...

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Victoria’s logging industry faces supply dilemma

In 2009, 75,000 ha of Victoria’s forests were burnt in the Black Saturday bushfires. Over a 3rd of that was forests earmarked for the logging industry. The prospect of bushfires are never calculated into long term planning or log contracts with mills. Couple this situation with other bushfires and a history of overlogging and the result is unprecedented environmental destruction and habitat loss, but also a huge shortfall in the logs available to the logging industry.  

In 2013 the Heyfield ...

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How did the environment fare in the Vic budget 2017?

All up it has $306M was allocated to our environment (sport managed $308M). This is less than half of what the M80 Ring Road has been allocated, and less than half the schools’ budget.

Biodiversity Plan 2037 – $86M for reveg and pest control.

Parks – $32M for new rangers over 2 years and a revamped website. $28M – promotion of parks and tourism.

EPA – $163M for better enforcement, ...

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