Issues

 

 

Wildlife

Logging in Victoria’s forests is killing endangered wildlife. Scientists say animals will go extinct unless logging stops. Species like the Greater Glider, Leadbeater’s Possum and Sooty Owl depend on tall forests that are targeted for logging.  

The Greater Glider is Australia’s largest gliding marsupial, like a Koala it eats Eucalyptus leaves. The Gliders needs old forests with trees over 100 years old. That’s because old trees have hollows that the gliders sleep in. Logging removes the old hollow trees literally leaving the Gliders homeless.

In 2017 Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio listed the Greater Glider as Vulnerable to extinction, but she has not yet released an action plan or any protection measures.

State owned logging company VicForests is conducting lethal research on Greater Gliders in the forests of East Gippsland, this involves logging Greater Glider habitat to see how many survive. VicForests told ABC news this is ‘very likely’ to kill Greater Gliders.

In 2017 VicForests logging operations killed a Koala in the Acheron valley, within the proposed Great Forest National Park. Read more here.  

Leadbeater’s possum (Ian Moodie)

Sooty Owl (Steven Kuiter)

Greater Glider in forest earmarked for logging (Caleb Mc Elrea)

Dead Greater Glider in logged forest in East Gippsland (Ed Hill)

Dead Koala – Friends of the Earth

Air, Water, Climate

Forests act as giant air conditioners for Melbourne, cleaning our air, purifying our drinking water and helping to fight climate change.

Victoria’s forests are our most valuable environmental asset but they’re being destroyed by logging.  

Native forests provide Melbourne with safe, clean drinking water, contributing $310 million a year to GDP. As tourist destinations, they add $260 million a year to GDP. Logging contributes just $12 million to GDP each year and is putting at risk and devaluing this environmental asset.  

Victoria’s Mountain Ash forests are some of the most carbon rich forests on Earth, storing more carbon than tropical rainforests. These vital carbon stores are being logged and burnt. When Australia finally implements a carbon pricing system, they'll be worth an estimated $50 million per year—but only if they’re not logged, releasing the carbon into the atmosphere.

In East Gippsland ancient forests with trees more than 600 years old are still being logged.
These forests are rare examples of what Victoria’s forests looked like hundreds of years ago, but they are being destroyed by logging and woodchipping.

Home and Away coupe (Karena Goldfinch)

Logging burn