Managing Victoria’s Native Forest Timber Resources

This audit examined whether Victoria’s native forest timber resources on public land are being managed productively and sustainably. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), VicForests and the Department of Treasury and Finance are managing the timber resources in a productive way that delivers socio-economic benefits to regional communities. VicForests has demonstrated that its …

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$7 million to industry dressed as ‘public safety’

How’s this little gem from the state budget – “The Government will provide $7 million over two years to remove trees destroyed by previous bushfires and help improve the safety for people who access public land. This program will focus on the Alpine and Mountain Ash forest areas in eastern Victoria.”   This has never …

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Logging is “100% natural”

Isn’t it reassuring to know our forests are bulldozed, chainsawed and burnt in a 100% natural way – no artificial colours or flavours.                                  *image above from VicForests media release – (5/3/13) We wonder what their “100% natural” napalm is made of,  polystyrene and benzine or naphthenic acid and palmitic acid? VicForests is a …

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Vicforests gets special treatment from government

The recently released report from the Auditor General on the State’s finances again raises questions about why VicForests was not required to pay a dividend again this year. The report shows how the State Government demanded most Government businesses like Melbourne Water and other water authorities were all squeezed for additional dividend payments to help …

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VicForests has admitted it has “stainability credentials”

These are their new credentials from leaving a nasty stain on the environment. The paragraph on the left there is from their CEO’s intro in the Sustainability Report 2012 – just released. It’s chocka with lies and PR spin. They really are desperate for a bit of ‘social license’

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VicForests locks fire safety access road – for “Public safety”

Just days before the DSE attended a workshop on public safety, they approved VicForests lock and gate two major fire access roads – favoring the logging industry over and above public safety. There was no notification to the CFA brigade. These roads provide major access to the west for the local community – the most …

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VicForests – Government protected welfare cheats.

OK – it goes like this – VicForests haven’t made a cracker since they started operations in 2004. In 2008 they put $127 million through their books and the expenses were $132 million = $5M loss. But they were given a $5.7M handout to cut down ash forests in the fire areas (not all this …

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Timber industry’s new gold standard for forest surveys

The timber industry is touting a new study by Forestry Tasmania as a “landmark study” that they are using to argue that logging does not have a detrimental effect on biodiversity. The study was conducted in Tasmania’s Southern Forests Experimental Forest Landscape (SFEFL), a 112,000 Ha area west of Geeveston. Although the report has been …

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VicForests’ sham ‘science’

VicForests set up a project that a student of Creswick’s school of logging undertook. The outcome was extraordinarily predictable. An employee of VicForests, Abby Carmichael placed infrared cameras in unlogged and regenerating logged forest. The cameras detected more bush rats in regrowth and we assume less of other species. The report is not publicly available …

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Planet Ark replies with logging industry spin

Many of our supporters who recently wrote to Planet Ark about its support of logging native forests http://environmentaledge.com.au/wood/ received a fairly patronizing response. Planet Ark has been sucked in to the logging lobby groups’ spin and regurgitated this back at us. It was unfortunate they never asked for a briefing from green groups or forest …

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