In late July ABC news exposed a shocking experiment being conducted by state owned logging company VicForests. The agency is logging the habitat of Greater Gliders, an animal already threatened with extinction, to see how many survive.
VicForests released a lengthy statement justifying the so called 'research' that has been labelled the terrestrial equivalent of so called scientific whaling.
VicForests has been conducting an abhorrent experiment that involved logging the homes of threatened Greater Gliders to see how it impacts on the species.
The government logging company says the experiment is 'very likely' to kill Greater Gliders, an animal already acing extinction.
VicForests has released a statement defending their unethical actions.
Surveys for the experiment were given approval by the Animal Ethics Committee within Minister Jaala Pulford's Department of Economic Development.
Please send a email to the Ministers responsible for VicForests. Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford and Treasurer Tim Pallas.
Call on them to stop the killing experiment and protect East Gippsland's forests from logging.
What does logged forest that once supported Greater Gliders look like? This is the logging coupe called 892-507-0020 or 'Squirrel's Paw' where VicForests logged the home ranges of dozens of Greater Gliders knowing they would kill them.
Email Environment Minister Lily D'Ambroiso and calling on her to protect East Gippsland's forests by creating the Emerald Link.
The Victorian government’s logging agency VicForests is conducting a controversial experiment in East Gippsland that it says is ‘very likely’ to kill Greater Gliders, a forest species listed as vulnerable to extinction.Read more
Surveys conducted last year during GECO citizen science camps have resulted in protection of three proposed logging coupes that provide habitat for Endangered Orbost Spiny Crayfish and Greater Gliders.
The environment department wrote to GECO and the Fauna and Flora Research Collective last week informing us that new protections will be put in place in light of our survey results.
The state government has stopped logging in the Queensborough river forests where protected Greater Gliders were detected by our survey team.
The report we submitted on Wednesday morning with our friends at the FFRC Inc documented 11 Greater Gliders within a distance of 1km, triggering legal protection of the forest. The environment department will now conduct verification surveys in the coming days.
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 action’.
Scientific advice and departmental documents were released to GECO under Freedom of Information.
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 forwarded to Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio who has 30 days to decide whether the species will be listed.
Listing the greater glider on the FFG Act must be swiftly followed by measures to strengthen protections for the species in state forests subject to logging.
GECO has submitted a report to the state government this morning detailing a high density of Greater gliders within the controversial 'Abra Cadabra' logging coupe in the Cottonwood Range.
This coupe was set aside for conservation by the Victorian Government's Forest Industry Taskforce, but VicForests commenced logging anyway. Logging here is undermining confidence in the Taskforce process.
Logging in this coupe is impacting on protected species habitat in breach of logging industry regulations.Read more