The W-Tree community near the Snowy river in East Gippsland, need your help to stop logging of the Basin Creek rainforest complex. This spectacular rainforest area is under threat from VicForests logging operations.
Click here to sign the petition to Victorian Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews calling on them to protect this stunning place from destructive clear fell logging.
The Basin Creek Rainforest Complex is a beautiful matrix of pristine rainforest gullies and old-growth forest that forms a crucial wildlife corridor in an area devastated by clear fell logging. This corridor links the Snowy River National Park (East Gippsland, Victoria) with forests further to the west.
In January 2017, the Victorian government logging corporation, VicForests, began clear-fell logging the Basin Creek Complex without conducting adequate endangered species surveys. The government plans to log three large areas within the Complex and, after one month of logging, the upper catchment of the iconic Emerald Falls has already been destroyed.
Before logging began, VicForests claimed its surveyors had found no protected species in the area. In an emergency response, a team of local citizen scientists accessed the area and surveyed it for protected species, already discovering the endangered Orbost Spiny Cray Fish and the Sooty Owl.
These discoveries forced the Victorian Environment Department (DELWP) to reduce the logging coupe along one creek, but it has failed to conduct additional endangered species surveys or halt logging while detailed surveys are conducted.
It appears that a conflict of interest is stopping the Environment Department from regulating the government-owned logging company, VicForests.