Rainforests

Errinundra Plateau rainforest canopy needlessly destroyed in East Gippsland, Environment Dept report finds

4 May 2015

A report from the Department of Environment has revealed VicForests' contractors needlessly destroyed rainforest canopy in East Gippsland

The department visited the area last month to investigate claims VicForests had illegally logged rainforest on the Erindurra Plateau.

VicForests avoids Supreme Court - agrees not to log rainforest sites.

21 November 2012

In an out of court settlement – VicForests has today avoided being taken to the Supreme Court a third time by environment groups. This follows the case against VicForests coming to an agreed end in the Supreme Court today.

VicForests agreed to protect 9 areas in nationally significant rainforest sites in East Gippsland.

“The out of court settlement means that VicForests agreed to no logging at three forest areas and to modify their logging boundaries in another six Rainforests Sites of National Significance”, said Jill Redwood.

State drops illegal harvesting case

10 August 2012

THE state environment department has dropped a court case against state-owned logging agency VicForests for alleged illegal harvesting of protected rainforest.

The two parties have instead cut an out-of-court deal meaning VicForests is almost certain to avoid a potential fine of up to $29,000.

In March The Age reported the Department of Sustainability and Environment had laid five charges on VicForests relating to harvesting of protected rainforest in the Orbost Forest District in East Gippsland in late 2010.

Forests agency sued for logging

19 March 2012

STATE-OWNED timber agency VicForests has been hit with court action by the Environment Department after it allegedly logged protected rainforest.

The court battle relates to VicForests' logging operations in the Orbost Forest District in East Gippsland, where the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment says unauthorised harvesting of rainforest and buffer areas took place.

A spokeswoman for the department confirmed the prosecution, saying charges laid on VicForests included "undertaking an unauthorised timber harvesting operation in a state forest".

DSE to probe rainforest logging claims

23 November 2011

Anti-logging protesters have succeeded in stopping logging in a remote part of far East Gippsland.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has agreed to investigate the protesters' claim that rainforest is threatened by logging on the Errinundra Plateau, north of Orbost.

It is illegal to log rainforest in Victoria.

Protesters have been disrupting operations in the forest coupe over the past fortnight.

Police went to the remote site yesterday to dismantle a tree platform built by the campaigners.