Leadies challenge VicForests

Friends of LBP argues that the RFA regime is in place of the EPBC and that the 5-year reviews are an essential part of the framework. If VicForests is contemplating logging that might be caught by the EPBC it has to satisfy itself that the RFA exemption applies. VicForests on the other hand says RFAs are a blanket exemption from the EPBC Act irrespective of whether they have been complied with a little, a lot or not at all.

Stop Calvin

December 12, 2017

Logging has just commenced - unannounced - of a precious coupe, 'Calvin', on the West face of the Royston Range, directly opposite the Rubicon Historic Area (illegally logged by VF), just above Royston River Falls and gateway to the amazing Cerberean Plateau and the Rubicon Forest (now almost logged out). 

Rescue the Rubicon

The Rubicon State Forest and other state forests of the Central Highlands are being devastated by unsustainable, industrial-scale clear felling, despite huge forest losses in the Black Saturday bushfires.  Mountain landscapes have been scarred for years to come, with swathes of mountain ash forest reduced to quasi-plantations.

Other forest values such as wildlife conservation, biodiversity, bushfire mitigation and outdoor recreation and tourism are being seriously compromised.

Rubicon: beauty in Melbourne's backyard

On and on it flows: a barbed, bristling, triffid-like sea of blackberries. Blackberries blanket roadsides and logged hills and as far as the eye can see; bunch around tall tree trunks; drape across tree ferns; choke mountain streams, and hang through the mossy branches of mystic Antarctic Beech trees, the Gondwana icon that attracts official conservation status.

The Rubicon Forest Protection Group takes a trip through the historic Rubicon forest to bear witness to its beauty, biodiversity, and its destruction as a result of logging. By Jill Sanguinetti

Time to step in Minister D'Ambrosio

The Greater Gliders, officially classified as ‘vulnerable’ has suffered an 80% drop in population and will probably disappear altogether from the Rubicon if logging of post 39 ash forests continues at anything like its present rate. An unknown number died in the 2009 fires, including the family of gliders that lived for years in an old tree about 20 metres from our home, and who used to come crash-landing on our roof almost every night. See the story article about Greater Gliders in Friday’s Age.