Great news! Environment Minister Lisa Neville has cancelled the planned burn of logged areas in the iconic Larissa Lane in #KuarkForest!
Last week we raised concerns that the Department of Environment and VicForests' burns of a logged area at Larrissa Lane would endanger the rare rainforest and Slender-tree ferns in the gully directly adjacent to the planned burn.
We believed burning here would breach a number of laws that protect rainforest and rare plants so we quickly sought help from the amazing lawyers at Environmental Justice Australia (EJA). They sent a letter on our behalf to VicForests outlining reasons why this burn would contravene these laws. We started an online email action to the Minister.
700 people emailed the Minister in just a few days!
The rare rainforest and Slender tree-ferns in the area remain safe for now. Thank you so much for emailing the Minister! It just goes to show that we can achieve great things when we make a concerted effort to raise our voices together.
Sadly the forest adjacent to the planned burn, where the rare rainforest is found, is within the next scheduled logging coupe that VicForests plan on logging in the future. So the rainforest is still under threat, but for the 2016 burning season it remains safe. It's great result that lands us one step closer to formally protecting the magnificent Kuark forest.
Photos below: Rob Blakers, Larissa Lane - Kuark forest