Species Under Threat
There are 79 threatened species dependent on the forests where VicForests logging operations occur. Many of the species at risk are found only in Victoria.
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5 MCGs worth of native forests are logged every day in Victoria. Native forest logging destroys forests and hurts surrounding communities.
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East Gippsland’s ecological diversity, scenic beauty and wilderness values are one of Victoria’s greatest natural assets. It has a continuity of natural ecosystems from alpine to coastal landscapes. From snow-capped mountains to lush warm and cool temperate rainforests, all the way through to Victoria’s rugged coasts—these old growth forests are of unparalleled natural beauty and importance. East Gippsland occupies just 9% of Victoria, yet is home to approximately one third of the state’s threatened species. This makes the region extremely important as a sanctuary for their survival.
The Strathbogie forest has been documented to contain Victoria’s highest population density of Greater Gliders, although no protections for them have been created in the area. The region boasts forest that has been left untouched since colonial settlement, with trees spanning hundreds of years old and 3.9 metres in diameter. Much of Australia’s agriculture relies on this forest, as bees are transported there from over the country so colonies can recover utilising the diverse range of pollens the area provides.
The Central Highlands region of Australia is primarily forested land, home to species like the faunal emblem of the Victorian state – the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum – as well as the world’s tallest flowering plant, a gum tree called Mountain Ash. The area provides practically all the water for Melbourne – the capital of Victoria and, with 4.4 million people, the second biggest city in Australia. The Central highlands also provide water for irrigating crops, and supports tourism, as well as a small timber industry that uses both native forests and plantations. The region’s native forests are home to 38 threatened species, including Victoria’s animal emblem the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri). These tree-dwelling marsupials rely on hollow-bearing trees in montane ash forests for den sites. Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), begin forming cavities critical for these species after only 120 years, yet logging cycles are much shorter.
Mirboo North’s forest comprises a precinct of a biodiverse eucalypt forest in a region totally devastated by farming and logging since 1880. It has a Some of the native animals to be seen are the Wombat, Koala, Black Wallaby, Short Nosed and Long Nosed Bandicoots, Swamp Rat, Greater Glider, Feathertail and Ringtail Possums, Echidna, Platypus and little Brown Rat. Most of these are nocturnal in habit. The community of Mirboo North has worked hard to establish the Lyrebird Forest Walk, which is bushwalk through native forests typical of the South Gippsland region. The Superb Lyrebird is often seen in patches of dense scrub along the track. Mirboo North’s forests will be devastated by planned logging that VicForests will commence later in 2018 or in 2019. There is widespread opposition to the plan from the entire community of Mirboo North.
The Rubicon Valley, centred on the Royston Valley, is forested with antarctic beech, banks of tree ferns and understorey plants. Campsites, tourism operators and farming depend on the integrity of the forest for their operation. It has a small hydro power station, originally built in 1922, and still operating today. It was heavily logged in the early 20th Century, and would make a major recovery if it were not for decimation by logging.
The Strzelecki Forests of South Gippsland have been mismanaged for centuries. They were overlogged in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There was some restoration with native plantings in the 1950s-70s, but these were then privatised in the 1990s. The remnant forests are still beautiful. There are Mountain Ash, Mountain Grey Gum and Blackwood forests growing on the hills and slopes, and tree ferns flourish in sheltered gullies. The area is the prime habitat for the genetically unique Strzelecki Koala. It also offers a beautiful backdrop to outdoor activities, and the backbone of tourism in the region. The Greens will work with the local community and conservationists to develop a plan for protecting the remnant bushland across different tenures. We will work towards creating a National Park to permanently protect the remaining forests of the Strzeleckis.
Wellsford State Forest covers approximately 7,000 hectares and is bordered by Mount Sugarloaf Nature Conservation Reserve, Longlea Commonwealth Land and Bendigo Regional Park. Wellsford State Forest is one of the largest box and iron-bark forests in Victoria, providing habitat to numerous threatened fauna, including the Swift Parrot, Brush tailed Phascogal and Diamond Firetail. The forest is also home to many rare and threatened plant species, including Ausfelds Wattle, Dainty Phebalium and Small-lead Goodenia. Most of the forest remains subject to logging, mainly for firewood and other low-value uses. The Victorian Environment Assessment council has recommended adding of 3,950 hectares to the Bendigo Regional Parks, and creation of a 3,160-hectare Wellsford Nature Reserve. This would be a critical step for protecting threatened flora and fauna and the few remaining large trees.
The Kinglake region is a unique part of Victoria, having survived and rebuilt following the devastation of the 2009 bushfires. Kinglake National Park is currently making a remarkable recovery, with native animals and plants, including some previous unseen species re-appearing and thriving. The national park is currently home to approximately 600 native plants, over 40 native mammals, 90 native bird species, several fish and reptiles and 3 rare butterfly species. Additionally, it provides habitat to 31 rare of threatened fauna species and numerous plant species. The Kinglake forest region contains a diverse range of vegetation, from drier mixed species eucalypt forest to fern filled wet forest. Despite its ecological importance and need for recovery, the Kinglake region continues to be threatened by logging.
Mount Cole is a small forest (~9,000 hectares), located 25 kilometres from the township of Beaufort and an hour west of Ballarat. It contains a range of plants and animals, including over 130 species of birdlife and nine threatened fauna species, including the endangered Regent Honey-eater, critically endangered Australian Bustard and the endangered Growling Grass Frog. It is also home to thirteen threatened flora species, such as the Wiry Bossiaea, Swamp Diuris and rare Yarra Gum. Mount Cole also contains the Beeripmo Walk, one of Victoria’s most popular walking tracks. Despite popular recreational use and ecological diversity, 40% of the area is zoned for logging, including clear-fell logging.
Mount Lonarch forest covers 1,770 hectares and is located within the Central Victorian Uplands and Goldfields bioregions. The area is described as an extension of Mount Cole Range, with Mount Lonarch largely composed of depleted Herbrich Foothill Forest and Grassy Dry Forest. The area is home to species such as endangered Brown Toadlet, and vulnerable Speckled Warbler. Over 115 species of native plants have been identified in the Mount Lonarch area, including the rare Yarra Gum. Logging in Mount Lonarch remains an ongoing threat to local eco-systems. 435.7 hectare of forest was harvested from 2010 – 2013, primarily for firewood.
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