Hello possum, you’re an emblem of extinction

Adam Morton - October 2, 2010 http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/hello-possum-youre-an-emblem-of-extinction-20101001-1614u.html IT IS not every day you get a chance to make an animal extinct twice. According to scientists, Victoria is steadily working on it. Leadbeater's possum, a marsupial endemic to native forest on Melbourne's fringe, was declared extinct in the 1950s, apparently wiped out by agricultural land-clearing around the Bass River in South Gippsland. It was rediscovered near Marysville in 1961 - an event considered so momentous it was ...

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Native-forest felling split

Leslie White |  October 14, 2010 Have your say at: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2010/10/14/245351_national-news.html THE logging industry is split over the clear-felling of native forest. Australia's biggest logging company says the future lies in plantations, while the nation's biggest mill will consider an exit from native forest products and Tasmanian workers will vote on a proposal to end native-forest logging next month. And the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania appears set to sign a deal to end native forest logging by its members. But ...

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VicForests denies illegal logging claims

Posted July 1, 2010, 20:00:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/07/01/2942598.htm?site=melbourne&section=news Victorian timber arm VicForests has denied it is illegally cutting down old trees and threatening endangered species in logging operations north-east of Melbourne. The environmental body Flora and Fauna Research Collective has today launched court action against VicForests. It is accusing the state-owned timber entity of breaching the Sustainable Forests Timber Act, through logging operations near Toolangi, north of Healesville. The collective claims ...

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VicForest charge

By Kath Gannaway - 6th July 2010 02:00:32 AM http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/story/91185 MyEnvironment member Adam Menary says current forestry   A PRELIMINARY hearing into claims VicForests has illegally logged Leadbeater’s possum habitat in Toolangi will be heard at Ringwood Magistrates’ Court in August. Research group The Fauna and Flora Research Collective has brought criminal charges against the State Government’s forestry arm in what the collective and local environment groups are hailing as a “landmark legal case”. Solicitor acting on behalf of TFFRC, ...

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Council calls for stop to native logging in Yarra Ranges

28 Jun 10 @ 07:19am by Emily Webb  http://lilydale-yarra-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/council-calls-for-stop-to-native-logging-in-yarra-ranges/ YARRA Ranges Council is putting its weight behind a community push to stop native forest logging within the shire. At a packed meeting on June 23, residents from Toolangi and Healesville heard from council representatives and environmental lobby and conservation groups. Lyster ward councillor Samantha Dunn told the audience of more than 300 at Healesville Memorial Hall that the forestry industry’s claim that ...

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VicForests accused of felling old-growth mountain ash

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/vicforests-accused-of-felling-oldgrowth-mountain-ash-20100628-zf5o.html ADAM MORTON - June 29, 2010 THE Victorian government's forestry arm will face a legal challenge over claims it illegally logged old-growth forest and increased the risk to a threatened species. Environmental groups accuse VicForests of felling dozens of pre-1900 ash eucalypts, breaching the Central Highlands Forest Management Plan. An impending legal case will also claim the timber agency failed to protect habitats necessary for the survival of Victoria's ...

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Quartet give HELPing hands

http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/story/88601 FOUR young minds are taking the world by storm. The HELP (Helping Endangered Leadbeater’s Possums) team will not only present their year-long project at the International Future Problem Solving Conference in Wisconsin – they will be featured in Network Ten’s science program Scope. The team, Elly Robertson (from Kallista), Luke McConnell (Berwick) and Emerald’s Ellie and Mollie Travica, have worked hard since the bushfires to save the critically endangered species. They recently submitted an application for a community ...

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TV goes wild for Beaconhills College teens

http://pakenham-cardinia-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/tv-goes-wild-for-beaconhills-college-teens/ SAVING an endangered marsupial has led this team to stardom. Four students from Beaconhills College appeared on Channel 10’s science program Scope last Friday as part of their Helping Endangered Leadbeater’s Possums crusade. It was their second television cameo since the group - Kallista’s Elly Robertson, Berwick’s Luke McConnell and Emerald’s Ellie and Mollie Travica - was formed early last year. As reported in the Leader, the team also featured on the ...

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