Photo: Leadbeaters possum, taken by Dan Harley (Victorian National Parks Association)
Several members have asked that more information be shared about a recent Victorian government announcement on ending native forest logging. We would usually hold a workshop or webinar to help members understand the implications of this announcement. As it is close to the end of the year, we thought we would summarise was has happened instead.
Victoria is the most cleared state in Australia with more than half of Victoria’s forest gone. This includes much of Victoria’s magnificent mountain ash – the tallest flowering plant in the world. These forests have been devasted by logging for timber and pulp for woodchipping and high intensity fires. Just 1.2 per cent of our mountain ash forests are in the “old growth” stage – where they provide hollows for many of our endangered birds and possums including our faunal emblem the leadbeaters possum.
For many years, environment groups have worked to end this logging and several members have been key philanthropic supporters of this work.
In early November, the Victorian Government announced that it will phase out native forest logging by 2030 and logging of old growth forests will cease immediately under a plan to transition the state’s timber industry. The government said it would provide $120 million in financial assistance to the sector.
Environment groups have overwhelming welcomed this announcement but are calling for more detail and a clear pathway that enshrines these valuable forests in permanent protection.
We can provide advice on which members have been funding this work and which environment groups you can talk to.
New South Wales forests
Scientists and land managers are still assessing the implications of the devastating New South Wales fires on our plants and animals and their long-term sustainability and of course on towns and communities. But we know organisations, that are supported by our members, are calling for a moratorium on logging given the fires have jeopardised the long-term viability of threatened species and populations and forest ecosystems.
If you would like to know more about which members are supporting this work, please let the AEGN know.