VicForests backs out of 81 planned logging areas
VicForests has agreed not to log 81 of its planned logging areas as part of our court case for the owls – at least until mid December.
These stands of forest have been identified as areas known to contain, or are adjacent to areas that contain threatened species of owls.
After last summer’s fires destroyed many of their protected forests, prime owl habitat will be at a premium for the three threatened owl species. The State Government must ensure a minimal number of areas are set aside to guarantee the owls survive.
EEG lawyers asked VicForests not to start destroying the identified forests before the case is heard. It responded by offering not to log until December and if the case will be heard later, we can negotiate an extension. We are happy with this initial offer.