Logging threatens Victoria’s fish hatchery, the spectacular Snobs Creek falls and a precious Greater Glider population

Local residents together with WOTCH citizen scientists, recently discovered a high density of Greater Gliders in the mixed eucalypt forest about to be logged, just upstream of the popular Snobs Creek waterfall and rapids, and Victoria’s most important fish hatchery.

Snobs Creek fish hatchery produces a variety of fish for release throughout Victoria for recreational fishing. However, its continued operations depend on the purity of water, natural water flow and temperature of Snobs Creek.

The contribution of agriculture, water supply, tourism and plantation timber to the Central Highlands economy far outweighs that of native timber production

In a dramatic new fact sheet (The value in Victoria's Central Highlands) Heather Keith and colleagues sumarise the results of recent ecosystem accounting as applied to the Central Highlands.  

Keith and colleagues demonstrate that employment in tourism in the Central Highlands far outweighs that of native forest logging.  

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