Loggers Will Own Victoria’s Forests

By Nicholas Croggon. 7 May 2013. Published on newmatilda.com (http://newmatilda.com) The Victorian Government is on the verge of handing over control of the state's forests to an unprofitable, poorly-regulated logging corporation - potentially for decades, writes Nicholas Croggon In recent weeks, we have heard a lot about Tasmania?s new Forest Agreement [6], and the struggles to adequately protect Tasmania?s native forests from logging. However, what you might not realise is that in Victoria, things are also about to change. The State Government has put forward a new ...

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VicForests attacked over logging plan

Tom Arup Environment editor, The Age. May 16, 2013. http://www.theage.com.au/environment/vicforests-attacked-over-logging-plan-20130516-2jp28.html Victoria's state-owned timber company will reduce logging by 25 per cent in the bushfire-ravaged mountain ash forests of the central highlands – but will wait until mid-2017 to make the shift. The ash forests are home to Victoria's endangered faunal emblem, the Leadbeater's possum, whose numbers fell to well below 2000 after the Black Saturday fires ravaged its habitat and have not recovered. VicForests has been under ...

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Keep an eye on this guy

Sophie Aubrey Herald Sun. April 05, 2013. IT might be our state faunal emblem, but the Leadbeater’s possum is battling for survival. Once thought to be extinct, the possum was rediscovered in 1961. But the Black Saturday bushfires took their toll, destroying almost half the possums’ habitat and culling the population from 2500 to less than 1000. To give a voice to these palm-sized possums, this week has been declared Leadbeater’s Awareness Week. Healesville Sanctuary keeper Paula Watson said it was about getting Victorians to love their local species. ‘‘Th...

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Fears for Leadbeater’s possum

Tom Arup - April 9, 2013 http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/fears-for-leadbeaters-possum-20130408-2hhde.html The Napthine government has quietly dumped controversial proposed changes to the state's timber code allowing loggers to seek exemptions from laws protecting endangered species. The move paves the way for larger changes to rules covering endangered species and logging, which are being foreshadowed under a yet-to-be-finished ''forest biodiversity project''. It comes as monitoring of endangered species populations in the state's key central highlands forests - ...

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Last Chance For Victoria’s Fairy Possum

  By Lauren Caulfield and Amelia Young https://newmatilda.com/2013/04/05/last-chance-victorias-fairy-possum     The Leadbeater's possum, the animal emblem of Victoria, is being pushed towards extinction by state-subsidised logging, write Lauren Caulfield and Amelia Young   In 2010, the Baillieu opposition went to the election without an environment policy. Two and a half years and a change of premier later, it's still not a priority for Victoria's Coalition government. In the meantime, Victoria is watching its animal emblem, the ...

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Fears for Leadbeater’s possum

April 9, 2013 Tom Arup http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/fears-for-leadbeaters-possum-20130408-2hhde.html The Napthine government has quietly dumped controversial proposed changes to the state's timber code allowing loggers to seek exemptions from laws protecting endangered species. The move paves the way for larger changes to rules covering endangered species and logging, which are being foreshadowed under a yet-to-be-finished ''forest biodiversity project''. It comes as monitoring of endangered species populations in the state's key central highlands forests - ...

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Protesters hold up logging operations near Toolangi, no one fined despite promised crackdown

Kimberley Seedy  Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader March 26, 2013 SCORES of protesters held up logging operations near Toolangi last week but not one person has been fined yet. About 45 people entered "Block Six" logging coupe near Toolangi last Tuesday but despite a promised crackdown on protests announced by the State Government this year, no penalties have been handed out. Should the logging protesters face stricter penalties? Tell us below. In January the State Government brought in new guidelines to prohibit protesters from being within 150m of an operational ...

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Zoo told to dump recycled paper campaign

Tom Arup  The Age, February 11, 2013      THE state government has intervened in a Zoos Victoria campaign encouraging its visitors to buy sustainably sourced paper products, ordering it to be dumped or altered.   Department of Primary Industries representatives called Zoos Victoria management on several occasions late last year to warn that its ''Wipe for Wildlife'' campaign was contrary to government policy.   The campaign, run last year at Healesville Sanctuary, encouraged visitors to switch to recycled toilet paper and other paper products that had been certified ...

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Tandberg Wildlife Cartoon

Tandberg - - Tha Age - February 2013               Tha Age - responses. Money talks... ZOOS Victoria was forced to bin its recycled paper campaign rather than agree to endorse certification on products that come from the habitat of one of its top-20 endangered species - the Leadbeater's possum (''Zoo told the dump recycle paper campaign'', 11/2). In 2011, Reflex Paper lost its Forest Stewardship Council accreditation because it was buying wood from VicForests in a supply chain that comes directly from Leadbeater's habitat and ...

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