The forests of Errinundra are some of the few remaining areas which survived the devastating Black Summer bushfires. It's home to the endemic Errinundra Shining Gum, and threatened species like the Greater Glider. Despite this forest being an important refuge, the area is still up for logging.
For nearly four months folks have been on the front lines using citizen science, direct action, and community and public pressure to try and save these precious forests from logging. On the 13th of May Environment East Gippsland secured an injunction where logging had just started. The forests have a significant number of Greater Gliders which met the legal requirements for protection, but the Environment Department were refusing to follow the law. Two areas have been taken off the immediate logging schedule, and logging machines have left the area!
This is an incredible result after months of pressure! But the fight is just beginning. EEG will be taking this to the Supreme Court, and we'll continue our critical on the ground monitoring and wildlife surveying efforts in the area. If you want to get involved in our upcoming Winter Citizen Science camp over the June long week, RSVP here.
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out to camp, the incredible community support, all the folks who donated, called and emailed decision makers and supported the camp from afar. Without the overwhelming public support, we couldn't have achieved this incredible result!
Stay tuned for ways to get involved. While the forests of East Gippsland are still under threat from logging, we'll be here taking action!
The forests of so-called East Gippsland are on Bidewell, Monaro, Gunnai, and Yuin country, where sovereignty was never ceded. We acknowledge their ongoing custodianship of the land, and pay our deepest respect to their Elders past and present.
Take a look back at the journey: