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Victorian Government Thanks Conservationists For Exposing "Disturbing" Logging Practices By Fining Them

August 10, 2015

Thom Mitchell The Victorian government has fined a conservationist who exposed what the Environment Minister described as “very disturbing” and “extremely poor practice” logging, despite reports he helped prepare becoming a catalyst for substantial reform of industry guidelines. Originally published by New Matilda:

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Vic Government to Reveiw Logging Rules After GECO Survey Work

July 27, 2015

The state government is seeking to change the legal definition of "Cool Temperate Mixed Forest" after a GECO report provided evidence of illegal logging in this rare and threatened forest type. We fear that changing the definition will most likely water down protections to...

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Australia's 'dirtiest' power station considers 'clean energy' biomass burning option

July 24, 2015

With recent changes to the renewable energy target, the burning of native forest wood waste can once  again earn credits for generating clean energy, but there's dispute about whether burning native forest waste for energy is 'carbon neutral'. Background Briefing reports. Originally published on...

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Huge Turn Out For Winter Survey Camp

July 23, 2015

The winter Citizen Science camp was a massive success. Despite 100mm of rain the week before, freezing temperatures and snow on the hills above us, 60 people braved the cold to come out. Lots of enthusiastic people from all across Australia made the journey...

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VicForests proposes 300 new logging coupes

July 16, 2015

Last month VicForests proposed to add about 300 areas (coupes) to their logging schedule or Timber Release Plan (TRP). 172 in the Central Highlands and 127 in East Gippsland. The additional Central Highlands coupes are in some of the last remaining habitat for the...

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GECO finalists in UN World Environment Day Awards!

June 06, 2015

Earlier this month GECOs Citizen Science Program was nominated as a finalist in the 2015 United Nations of Australia World Environment Day Awards. We were urged to apply by the UN for the biodiversity and habitat restoration award, which recognises community groups who have...

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VicForests to benefit from inclusion of 'wood waste' burning in Renewable Energy Target

May 29, 2015

Originally published on the ABC website By Gregg Borschmann and Sara Phillips Updated 29 May 2015, 8:40am The revised Renewable Energy Target (RET) currently before Parliament would provide a market for otherwise unsaleable timber, according to a document from Victoria's state-owned forestry business, VicForests,...

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