GECO and Fauna and Flora Research Collective has exposed another two unlawful rainforest logging breaces this week. These breaches are the fourth and fifth cases of VicForests' unlawful logging in rainforest areas in just three months. The area is situated in the Serpentine Rainforest Site of Significance, a well known stronghold for warm temperate rainforest and rare species.
A report has been submitted to the state government concerning inadequate vegetative buffers on stands of rainforest coinciding with a linear reserve. The rainforest in this area requires a 100m buffer under the law. Logging here is active and needs to be stopped so the law can be followed.
A second case of illegal logging that has already taken place in the Rainforest Site of Significance has also been documented and will be reported in the coming days. Old growth forest and beautiful lowland warm temperate rainforest has been completely trashed by VicForests, with absolute disregard for the law. See the pics below.
Rainforest Sites of Significance were identified and mapped in the 1980s. The areas were chosen because of the significance of the rainforest stands within them and mapped to include the Eucalypt forest sub-catchments of the rainforest stands, to acknowledge the important role the sub-catchments play in buffering the rainforest from disturbance and edge effects and keeping the catchment and water flows healthy. Sadly logging has destroyed large areas within Rainforest Sites of Significance (RSOS), such as the forests in the Serpentine that our recent report concerns. See the maps of the Serpentine RSOS in the gallery below.