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VicForests trying to get green tick for logging old growth forests

December 06, 2017

VicForests is pursuing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the third time in decade. The internationally recognised certification label regards itself as having strict environmental standards. Today we joined FSC's independent auditors from SCS Global to show them the impacts of logging on threatened...

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Old Growth Forests Court Case Update

November 29, 2017

Great news! Logging was set to commence in old growth forest in the Goongerah Creek catchment this summer, but it has been given a temporary reprieve as it is now the subject of the Kuark forest old growth Supreme Court Case, brought by the...

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Supreme Court Injunction halts logging of old growth forest

November 01, 2017

Forest conservationists who established a blockade of old growth forest in East Gippsland are celebrating today after environment groups secured a legal injunction that has stalled the logging operation. Controversy erupted last week when VicForests constructed a road into the forest to commence logging....

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Kuark forest old growth about to be logged

October 22, 2017

A road has been pushed into the ancient Kuark forest and logging could commence any day. The forest is one of the most significant stands of old growth forest remaining in Victoria. Logging has not yet started, so there's still time to stop it...

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Report exposes Labor's lawless logging

September 07, 2017

To mark National Threatened Species day, we've teamed up with Friends of the Earth Melbourne to release a report documenting 27 unlawful native forest logging operations in protected threatened species habitat and rainforest.  These logging operations have occurred under the Andrews Labor government. Read...

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50 people attend winter citizen science camp

June 13, 2017

Cold weather and the official start of winter didn't deter fifty enthusiastic citizen scientists from attending GECO's winter forest survey camp in Goongerah over the long weekend. GECO's 12th citizen science camp attracted a diverse crowd of people from Melbourne, Gippsland and Sydney who...

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Protect the Greater Glider from logging - Take action here!

June 02, 2017

 Government scientists have advised Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio to issue a conservation order to protect the Greater Glider from logging. The Minister's department has urged her not to follow this advice.   Instead the department recommended discussions with the state logging agency for ‘voluntary...

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Greater Glider set to be listed on Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act

April 24, 2017

The Victorian Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) has made a final recommendation to list the greater glider as a protected species on the Flora and Fauna Guarantee (FFG) Act. The greater glider was nominated for listing last year, the SAC final recommendation has now been...

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Environmentalists who exposed logging have charges thrown out

April 03, 2017

Originally published on the The Age website Bianca Hall  - February 26 2017 Two environmentalists who entered an East Gippsland logging coupe to document the destruction of rainforest have had charges against them dismissed. The court decision is the final chapter on what has...

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Court dismisses criminal charges against conservationists who exposed rainforest logging

February 23, 2017

Two conservationists from Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) had charges dismissed in the Orbost Magistrates Court today. Ed Hill and Joe Henderson were prosecuted for entering a logging area where they documented and reported logging of protected rainforest in East Gippsland in April 2015. Hill...

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Help W-Tree community save the Basin Creek rainforest complex

February 15, 2017

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 ...

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Over 100 attend snap vigil for Victoria's threatened species

February 07, 2017

Over 100 people attended a snap vigil for Victoria's forest dependent threatened species on the steps of Victorian parliament house yesterday. The vigil was called just four days ago in response the the Victorian and Federal government's decision to extend the East Gippsland Regional...

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Calls to end logging’s legal exemption

December 20, 2016

This week a coalition of 25 environment groups is urging Premier Daniel Andrews to abandon his plans to extend the legal exemption given to the native forest logging industry in East Gippsland. The East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is a 20-year arrangement between...

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