Updated: May 20, 2013
Australia has some of the most magnificent and biodiverse forests in the world. New science also shows they are some of the largest carbon banks on Earth, helping to reduce climate change as well as maintain our water supplies. Yet many of these ancient forests, particularly in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales, are clearfelled, burnt, and turned into millions of tonnes of woodchips for paper and cardboard every year.
- VicForests' logging outlook - too little, too late - May 19, 2013
- Don't let Barry bulldoze our National Parks - May 17, 2013
- Toolangi's forest sanctuary disappears - May 01, 2013
- Historic Tasmanian Forest Agreement legislation passed - April 30, 2013
Our state animal emblem, the Leadbeater’s Fairy Possum, has been under enormous pressure since the Black Saturday Bushfires, and now, the Victorian state government has all but locked in its extinction by allowing logging to continue in its habitat.
An Upper House inquiry in NSW, led by the Shooters and Fishers party, has suggested that you could swap diverse, old-growth forests in national parks for overexploited patches of state forest in a report released last week.
This week, state government logging agency, VicForests, sent logging contractors into one of the last mature and unburnt stands of forest near Toolangi, near Healesville.
After decades of conflict between forestry and conservation groups, a real path forward to the formal protection of new national parks and reserves in Tasmania has now been realised.
- Volunteer with the Wilderness Society!
- Think outside the city block...
- Helena Aurora Ranges Camping Trip
Become an advocate for Victoria's forests. Volunteer with the Wilderness Society Victoria today! Volunteering for the Wilderness Society gets you up, out of the house, involved and active. Volunteering for the Wilderness Society a great way to learn about campaigning for the environment, its also a handy way to network, gain professional skills and find your niche in the environment movement.
To draw attention to unsustainable logging in Victoria, the Wilderness Society is hosting a special event on World Environment Day in Melbourne’s CBD. When: Wednesday 5 June 2013. Where: Melbourne CBD.
Join us this June long weekend for a guided camping trip to the pristine and untouched Helene Aurora ranges in the Great Western Woodlands.