54 results for tag: VicForests


Barnaby Joyce accused of pushing Leadbeater’s possum towards extinction

Friday 13 March, 2015, The Guardian: "The agriculture minister’s decision to choose paper sourced from forests logged in the possum’s habitat criticised by environmentalists"

Vic government timber business just chasing its tail

Wednesday 5 March 2014. www.afr.com I  The Australian Financial Review.Talking Point. Mathew Dunckley.Imagine a world where the state owns a school demolition business.  It roams the countryside knocking down perfectly fine public schools chosen by the state government.  This company then sells the rubble to merchants. Not that anyone really wants to buy it, so the school-dozing company barely breaks evendespite government subsidies.  The obscene arrangement is made on the basis that several hundred school rubble jobs are at stake.  This patently nuts.  It is also the world in which we live right now. In Victoria, state-owned ...

VicForests in middle of battle over possums and timber

James Campbell. Sunday Herald Sun. February 23, 2014 12:00AMhttp://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/vicforests-in-middle-of-battle-over-possums-and-timber/story-fni0fh8t-1226834677129 A leadbeater's possum at Healesville Sanctuary. Source: News LimitedIN the next few weeks the State Government will make a decision which is likely to seal the fates of leadbeater’s possums and Victoria’s native forest timber industry.The possum, a cute critter and since 1968 Victoria’s faunal emblem, is in a bad way. No one is sure how many of them managed to survive the Black Saturday bushfires, which, according to official estimates, ...

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 ...

Vested interests’ are harming efforts to save the Leadbeater’s possum

Panel created to save Victoria's faunal emblem favours the logging industry, says Wilderness Society.Oliver Milman. theguardian.comThursday 28 November 2013 14.24 AEST.The Leadbeater's possum is Victoria's faunal emblem. Photograph: guardian.co.ukA government-formed panel tasked with saving the Leadbeater’s possum is hopelessly conflicted and has already discarded proposals to change logging practices that are driving the animal to extinction, conservationists have claimed.Documents seen by Guardian Australia show the Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group has picked a swath of conservation options including the installation of nest ...

Healesville Sanctuary puts Victoria’s threatened faunal emblems front and centre

Rachel Carbonell reported this story on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:42:00http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3829543.htmELEANOR HALL: The Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria has put some of the most threatened members of its captive breeding program on public display.The sanctuary says it wants to raise public awareness about the plight of the animals that it's working to save from extinction. These include the Victorian state emblems: the Helmeted Honeyeater and the Leadbeater's Possum.But while the sanctuary tries to raise the profile of these animals, conservationists say critical habitat not far outside the sanctuary gates ...

Environmentalists say federal laws fail to protect threatened species like Leadbeater’s possum

By Rachel Carbonell. Updated Tue 20 Aug 2013, 2:36pm AEST. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-20/federal-laws-fail-to-protect-threatened-species/4899322Environmentalists say the plight of Victoria's Leadbeater's possum epitomises a national failure to protect endangered species. The elusive endangered possum, which is the state's official animal emblem, is restricted to pockets of ash forests in the Central Highlands of north-east Victoria.Australian National University ecologist David Lindenmayer has studied these ash forests for 30 years.He says a combination of logging and fire has left them in dire need of protection and rehabilitation."...

A legal showdown over the fate of Victoria’s tiny Leadbeaters possum – radio news

Posted Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:44pm AEST The battle lines are drawn again over the future of Victoria's tiny Leadbeater's possum.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-21/a-legal-showdown-over-the-fate-of-victorias-tiny/4772980?section=vic

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.htmlUnder 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 ...