A Supreme Court case has offered a glimmer of hope for East Gippsland's old growth forests as 2018 draws to a close.
Our friends Fauna and Flora Research Collective (FFRC) are suing the state government for failing to meet their legal obligations to protect old growth forests.
This week the Vic environment department told the court that logging in ALL old growth forest should stop!
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The court case was stopping logging in 34 areas of old growth forest earmarked for logging.
These forests would have been illegally logged if legal action had not been taken.
The court was told of a government plan to protect East Gippsland's forests that was supposed to be put in place 6 months ago.
But logging has continued and the Andrews government is yet to protect old forests from logging.
It's great to see the environment department finally acknowledge the value of old growth forests and advocate for their protection.
The Andrews government must now step up and legislate formal protection for forests and transition the logging industry.
The summer logging season is upon us and precious forests will fall unless decisive action is taken.
The Emerald Link proposal seeks to create a continuous network of protected forests from the Australian alps to the East Gippsland coast.
If the government are serious about providing meaningful protection for East Gippsland's forests and wildlife they need to create the Emerald Link.