Logging stopped in unburnt Victorian forests
Friday 8 May 2020Logging has been temporarily halted in 26 unburnt areas of Victorian native forest after environmentalists argued in court there was a risk of “serious and irreversible damage” to threatened species after last summer's bushfires.
In the Victorian Supreme Court last week, Justice Kate McMillan granted an injunction to stop logging in 13 unburnt forest areas until the concerns could be aired in a court case against the state's logging agency, VicForests. While the injunction is temporary, the case is likely to take months, if not years, to be decided.
In January the volunteer group Wildlife of the Central Highlands (Wotch), with the support of community legal centre Environmental Justice Australia, argued logging should be banned in a number of unburnt areas to protect habitat for endangered species after the catastrophic bushfires.
Wotch argued the areas being targeted for logging were home to the greater glider, the smoky mouse, the sooty owl and the powerful owl. Each of these is on the Victorian government's list of species under immediate threat after the summer bushfires.
For further commentary on the criticism being expressed by the environment movement over VicForests resuming harvesting in fire-damaged forest burnt during the catastrophic summer fires, check out the story below.
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