A win for Owls

A win for Owls - VNPA Parkwatch September 2015

This article was written for the VNPA’s September newsletter Parkwatch and summarises the legal case we launched on behalf of the three threatened forest owl species after the 2014 bushfires. The agreed settlement terms, as of late September 2015, are still being worked through by DELWP.Thanks to the VNPA for permission to reproduce it here.

Originally Published at http://vnpa.org.au/admin/library/attachments/PDFs/parkwatch/pw-no262-September-2015.pdf

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Environment East Gippsland settles with Victorian DELWP over owls

Sooty Owl

Done deal: An agreement between the State Government, VicForests and Environment East Gippsland will see increased measures to protect the threatened sooty owl.

LOGGING will be put on hold in parts of Victoria’s forests to protect three species of threatened owl.

In an out-of-court settlement today, ...

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Over 2000 ha set aside for owls! EEG’s 4th successful legal case

EEG’s fourth Court case challenging the government’s non-adherence to its own environment laws has been settled (17.7.15). This time it was for the owls.

Legal win for Owls over 2,000 ha set asideEEG, DELWP and VicForests have agreed that the environment department (DELWP) take action to adhere to legal obligations and increase owl protected areas as well as assess the damage done to owl habitat and study owls ...

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Endangered owls have legal win

The day after the national Threatened Species Summit ends, a Supreme Court case brought by Environment East Gippsland has reached an out of court settlement The case challenged logging in threatened owl habitat by the state government’s Environment Department and VicForests, which have now agreed to set aside over 2,000 ha.

This 10 month case sought to enforce the state government’s obligations to protect 3 threatened owl species – the Sooty, Masked and Powerful Owls.  EEG argued that the government had ...

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VicForests extends moratorium on logging in East Gippsland owl habitat

State-owned timber company VicForests has agreed to extend its moratorium on logging in certain areas of East Gippsland.

An environment group is suing the timber company and the Victorian Government, over the logging of old-growth forest that is home to endangered owls.

After further legal wrangling, VicForests has agreed to halt any logging of the 81 coupes in question until February 27.

David Walsh from VicForests said legal discussions between the parties were continuing.

“The owl ...

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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.

Jersey Rd Grey Gum baseAfter last summer’s fires destroyed many of their protected forests, prime owl habitat will ...

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Suing government to save the owls

EEG is suing the state government for a fourth time. Legal papers were filed and served on Monday 22nd Sept.

Both VicForests and DEPI are being sued.

Within the 170,000 hectares of forest that the Goongerah-Deddick summer fires burnt out, were 46 protected zones set aside for threatened owls. These areas would also have supported other rare and endangered species.Victorian Government sued again

The law states that the owls (and ...

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Suing the government again – for the owls

Suing 4 Owls

Environment East Gippsland is suing the state government for a fourth time! We lodged the legal papers on Monday 22nd Sept.

The summer fires destroyed thousands of hectares of critically important habitat for East Gippsland’s threatened wildlife. This region is the stronghold for large forest owls yet DEPI refuses to urgently review the protection measures for them as they are obliged to.

In the fires 46 ...

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Rezoning owls to extinction?

Being our ‘eagles of the night’, owls are rarely seen. Our most mysterious owls are those that live in forests, and even more cryptic are those that can only thrive in old growth forests. They are becoming increasingly endangered.

Our state government is currently reviewing owl protection zones, but they are using out of date information. It looks like owls will be given just 10-20% of the minimum area they need to survive, let alone recover and thrive.

All of our large ...

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