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.