47 results for tag: Illegal Logging


VicForests logs on

Posted on 16 December 2013. MyEnvironment members and supporters are calling for a review of logging laws after their failed appeal. 112190_01. Picture: KATH GANNAWAY. By KATH GANNAWAY   http://mountainviews.starcommunity.com.au/mail/2013-12-16/vicforests-logs-on/ ENVIRONMENT group MyEnvironment has lost its appeal against a 2012 Supreme Court decision that found in favour of State Government logging arm VicForests. The decision paves the way for logging to resume in three Toolangi coupes that have been subject to an injunction for the past two years. It took just minutes on Tuesday, 10 December, for Appeal judges, Honourable Chief Justice ...

An amendment to the state’s logging laws is a threat to endangered species, say environmentalists

Oliver Milman  The Guardian, Thursday 27 June 2013 17.47 AEST The Victorian government has amended the state's logging laws in a move conservationists fear will transfer control to the timber industry and could doom endangered species such as the Leadbeater's Possum. The Sustainable Forests (Timber) Amendment Bill, which passed the lower house on Thursday, reduces the regulations binding VicForests, the state-backed forestry business. The bill removes the second part of the two-stage process that VicForests has to go through in order to secure and log tracts of Victoria's native forests. Once allocated an area of forest to log, VicForests will no ...

Loggers to help save possum

Tom Arup. June 14, 2013. Environment editor, The Age http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/loggers-to-help-save-possum-20130613-2o75y.html Under increasing pressure to ensure the survival of Victoria's endangered faunal emblem, Leadbeater's possum, the Napthine government will create a taskforce headed by the timber industry and Zoos Victoria to consider how to save the species. The move was immediately rejected by green groups, which refused to take part and criticised the creation of another committee when there was already a scientific recovery team dedicated to saving it. Scientists say the possum lost more than 40 per cent of its ...

Is it too little, too late to save the Leadbeater’s possum?

Tom Arup. June 14, 2013.   Environment editor, The Age http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/is-it-too-little-too-late-to-save-the-leadbeaters-possum-20130614-2o7ro.html Leadbeater's alone have a deep connection to Victorian history. Their loss would be a black mark on the soul of the state.    There are big problems to be solved to save Leadbeater's possum, Victoria's endangered faunal emblem. And it is good a new group formed by the Napthine Government has been charged with considering some of them.   The Leadbetter's possum.   But it is hard not to conclude that to date the state government has been dragging its ...

The gathering tragedy in our forests

May 29, 2013 David Lindenmayerhttp://www.theage.com.au/victoria/the-gathering-tragedy-in-our-forests-20130529-2naih.html   Victoria's forests are beset by problems - and time is running out to provide solutions. Mention forest issues in Australia and almost everyone thinks of seemingly endless battles in Tasmania. Yet few people realise that large parts of the Victorian forest estate are in far worse shape than Tasmania's. This is because of the tiny fraction of remaining old growth, the rapid rate of overcutting of dwindling sawlog resources and the widespread use of antiquated and highly damaging clearfelling methods. Furthermore, the ...

Experts warn Victorian logging laws may drive Leadbeater’s possum to extinction

By Simon Lauder. ABC Online Updated Mon May 27, 2013 7:16pm AEST http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-27/extinction-alarm-raised-for-possum/4715780 The Victorian Government has been accused of deliberately driving the state's prized animal emblem to extinction, by allowing logging in its habitat. There are only an estimated 1,500 Leadbeater's possums left in the wild and the Federal Government wants the species to be put on the critically endangered list. In a letter published in the journal Science, two conservation scientists have accused the Victorian Government of taking calculated actions to substantially reduce the viability of the endangered ...

Scientist: Australia taking ‘calculated actions’ to push Leadbeater’s possum to extinction

Oliver Milman, The Guardian June 06, 2013 http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0606-gen-leadbeaters-possum.html Australia's leading scientific expert on the endangered Leadbeater's possum has publicly lambasted the Victorian state government, claiming it is the first ever domestic administration to take "calculated actions" that it knew could wipe out a threatened species. In a letter published in the respected journal Science, Prof David Lindenmayer, of the Australian National University, states that "government-sanctioned legal logging of the reserve system will signi?cantly increase the chance of extinction of Leadbeater’s possum." The letter, ...

Victorian government knowingly driving Leadbeater’s Possum to extinction, say scientists

Fri 31 May 2013. By takver. http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/31/victorian-government-knowingly-driving-leadbeaters-possum-to-extinction-say-scientists Two distinguished environmental scientists accused the Victorian Government of forestry policies knowingly designed to drive Leadbeater's Possum, one of the two fauna emblems of Victoria, to extinction. In a letter to sciencemag.org, the publication of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science, Professors David Lindenmayer and Hugh Possingham say, "Government-sanctioned legal logging of the reserve system will significantly increase the chance of extinction of Leadbeater's possum. To ...

Victorian law change abandons native forests to loggers

Lisa Caripis, Research Fellow, Centre for Resources Energy and Environmental Law at University of Melbourne The Conversation, 27 May 2013 https://theconversation.com/victorian-law-change-abandons-native-forests-to-loggers-14113 At the end of this month, the Victorian Parliament is expected to pass a Bill giving industry long-term control of timber resources in Victoria’s native forests. The government says the changes are important for the state’s economic prosperity. But the Bill removes important safeguards and regulatory oversight of native forest logging. If enacted, the Bill will leave Victoria’s forests – and the creatures living in ...

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 bill, to be debated in Parliament today, to provide "security" for Victoria?s ...