The forests of Brown Mountain support a healthy area of unlogged old growth forests that supports many endangered wildlife species. EEG’s Supreme Court case set some valuable legal precedents and required VicForests to carry out pre-logging surveys in many forests.

Brown Mountain’s rare wildlife in landmark court case

Environment East Gippsland has taken the bold move to sue the Victorian government’s logging monopoly, VicForests in a bid to save what remains of Brown Mountains old growth and rare wildlife.

In September 2009, this group’s application for an interim injunction to stop the planned logging of old growth forests on Brown Mountain was granted.The main case will be heard in March 2010 and is set down to run for ten days.

EEG is using the government’s own laws written to protect ...

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Court upholds public interest in Brown Mountain forest proceedings

The Supreme Court today refused VicForests’ application for up to $163,000 in security from a small environment group. VicForests was asking for this sum to be secured before a court injunction is granted to stop logging on Brown Mountain.

“If EEG had been required to pay such a large sum of money, it could have stifled an important piece of public interest litigation”, said EEG spokesperson Jill Redwood.

“This is a groundbreaking decision because no ...

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Landmark court case could alter forest management for rare wildlife

On Tuesday 25th August 2009 Environment East Gippsland commenced proceedings against VicForests in the Supreme Court of Victoria asking the Court for a permanent injunction to stop VicForests from logging Brown Mountain. We are also asking the Court to declare that the logging of Brown Mountain is unlawful.

Brown Mountain is known habitat for threatened and vulnerable wildlife which must be protected under government laws. Donations are urgently needed to support the ...

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Brown Mountain Potoroo Proves Jennings Wrong

Immediate protection for Brown Mountain’s forests, under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act has been triggered by an endangered species. The very same day that Environment Minister Gavin Jennings declared there were no Potoroos at Brown Mountain (Friday 21st August), the image of a Long-footed Potoroo was captured on infra-red movement sensing cameras (pictures available).

“Last week the Brumby government refused to abide by its own law to protect high population densities of Greater Gliders found at Brown Mountain. We’re asking ...

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EEG legal injunction to stop logging at Brown Mountain

Environment East Gippsland has applied for an injunction in the Supreme Court of Victoria to stop the logging of Brown Mountain. 

On Friday 21st August the Brumby Government announced the go-ahead to clearfell the controversial 600-800 year old forest along Brown Mountain Creek that they promised in 2006 would be the ‘old growth walk’ for tourists. 

Their spin doctors told the media that they are protecting 400 ha of the summit, but they didn’t tell the media that this was already protected ...

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Brown Mountains wildlife – Under New Management

“Instead of sending in biologists, DSE and VicForests sent in the bulldozers”

Thanks to some dedicated work by EEG and a small team of volunteer wildlife surveyors over the 08/09 summer season, plans to quickly annihilate the rest of Brown Mountain’s old growth forests were averted.

The Forest Management Plan for East Gippsland states that, where over 10 Greater Gliders are found in a set area, 100 hectares of that forest must receive protection. MUST. This is mandatory under law. At no ...

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Felled old-growth tree ‘500 years old’

A Victorian environment group has radiocarbon-tested a felled old-growth eucalypt and the result suggests the giant gum was at least 500 years old.

The battle to save the old-growth forests of Brown Mountain in Victoria’s far east has been waged by environmentalists since 1989.

When another coupe was cut down early this year, logging opponents decided to ...

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East Gippsland’s trees – older than America’s discovery

Radiocarbon dating has confirmed that a recently logged old growth tree on Brown Mountain was growing before America was discovered.

“This is a significant find and should now see the government value and protect all our remaining ancient forests – not just as natural relics but as ancient carbon stores”, said Jill Redwood from Environment East Gippsland. “These mammoth trees have taken 6-800 years to grow and store their carbon – it takes an hour to cut them down. So much ...

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Save Brown Mountain

The campaign video made in 2008 to bring attention to clearfell logging on Brown Mountain, East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.


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Brown Mountain Videos

Brown Mountain is one of the last significant stands of old-growth forest in Victoria. Two weeks ago the Victorian Government ordered the government owned logging company Vic Forests Inc to begin clear-felling the area. Community concern has been ignored with government spokesmen claiming there are no old trees being logged. The government is preventing public access to the logging area as it rushes to log two adjoining areas. This footage was taken secretly and shows third world standard old-growth forest ...

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