The state government is increasing our bushfire risk right now

Opinion piece reprinted from The Age 16/7/22 I have worked in the forests of Victoria since July 1983. Today I’m the most highly cited forest ecologist globally and have written 48 books on the subject. One of the most difficult times in my career in that 40 years was after the 2009 Black Saturday fires, …

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Forest protectors are heroes!

Celebrate – don’t incarcerate them June 24, 2022 Across the country, extreme laws targeting the people protecting our precious forests are being introduced. In Victoria the Andrews govt is threatening to fine people who try to protect forests from bulldozers up to $21,000 or jail them for 12 months.  As well they are increasing VicForests …

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FORESTS NOT GROWING BACK!

“You would have to describe VicForests as an outlaw organisation”
…the Victorian Government’s own data and shows a third of the areas logged don’t regenerate.,

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Our bio-diversity in freefall – Vic Govt report

This should be making news daily until the government takes real action – a third of all of Victoria’s terrestrial plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, invertebrates and ecological communities are threatened with extinction. The Victorian Auditor General’s Office looks at various aspects of government departments, if they are performing well, using money effectively and carrying …

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VIC GOVT PLAN WOULD DESTROY WILDLIFE TO PROTECT LOGGING

Major planned changes to logging rules would protect industry but allow destruction of rare wildlife in the most brazen and contemptuous move we have seen.Can plans to give the logging bullies unregulated access to forests get any worse?! VicForests is facing constant legal battles as community groups are forced to sue them in courts (currently …

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VicForests: What a scam!

An investigative journalist working with Micheal West has exposed a neat little summary of figures in this story to show that VicForests is one of the state’s biggest welfare recipients, and doesn’t even need to meet any mutual obligations. Tasha May | Jun 9, 2021 | Michaelwest.com.au The trees were cut down, the profits of …

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Will a tiny endangered possum now fell the logging industry?

Make a cuppa and settle in. This article is a brilliant (if lengthy) read. It gives a very clear and detailed summary of both the history of and more recent, logging disputes. It details the Federal Court win against VicForests, the poor economics, fibs, market responses and the underhanded lengths the industry and government go …

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