Forests Forever Ecology Camp 2018

The 2018 Easter Forests Forever Camp featured great weather, fabulous walks, informative speakers and walk leaders and of course people ~ but best of all, magnificent forests!

Some of the adventurous walkers in the depths of Brown Mountain’s old growth forests. Here they rest by the giant Rennie tree near the rainforest creek.
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Mirboo North community hopes to buy Victorian state forest to prevent VicForests logging

A South Gippsland landowner has offered to buy state forest to prevent the timber being harvested by Victorian Government-owned logging company VicForests.

Jon Wood runs beef cattle on the edge of the intended harvest area at Mirboo North in eastern Victoria, and said harvesting the logs would reduce land value.

VicForests has outlined plans to harvest up to 50 hectares of timber near the town.

“It’s a tiny little precinct of a biodiverse eucalypt forest, in a region totally devastated by farming ...

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Clearfelling the Future…. Victoria’s Endangered Forests

 

A local film-maker is planning to make a series of short films that expose the destruction of Victoria’s forests by clearfell logging and the urgency for their protection.

He hopes to get these short films across as many media outlets as possible. But he’s asking for donations via crowd funding to see it materialise. Even $10 would help.

 

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Vale Ern Mainka Photographer. Obituary by David Tatnall.

Ernest Gordon Mainka 1954 – 2014.

The nature conservation and photography communities were saddened to hear of the death of the photographer Ern Mainka.

Ern learned his skill as a photographer whilst working for Telecom (before it became Telstra) and his overriding love of the natural world led to him taking a redundancy package in the mid 1980’s to devote his time and energy to photographing nature. At that time the forests of Victoria’s East ...

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2015 Environmentalist of the Year Jill Redwood

Jill Redwood is a long-time environmental campaigner and the coordinator of Environment East Gippsland, the longest running community group working solely for the protection of Victoria’s last and largest area of ancient forest and surrounding natural environment. For over three decades, Jill has been a campaign stalwart for the protection of East Gippsland forests and Australia’s native forests. Jill is on the committee of the Australian Forests and Climate Alliance and has been an integral campaigner against native forest biomass ...

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This is a winner! Literally!

Jude Deland Lyrebird Mt Ellery

Our intrepid East Gippy photographer Jude Deland, has won the Animal Behavior section of the 2015 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Competition – today! Congrats Jude! This was taken on the top of Mt Ellery earlier this year amongst the giant granite boulders, Alpine Ash and mist.

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The Kink in the Human Brain: Why Are Humans OK with Destroying the Planet?

In the lead up to Christmas this well-written piece explains how we add enormous pressure on our planet depending on the way we celebrate. It is estimates that we will this year spend almost $47 BILLION this year on celebrating Christmas, over-eating and buying presents.George Monbiot looks at this big picture – and it’s quite sobering reading.

Pointless, joyless consumption is destroying our world of wonders.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 2nd October 2014

This is a moment at which anyone ...

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