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Survey of Vegetation and Vertebrate Fauna in The Ada Forest Block

This document was was developed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 1995.

It was with drawn from public prior the the Regional Forest Agrements until it was released to MyEnvironment thorugh freedom of information.

As such the information that it contains was not considered during the Regional Forest Agreements and the calculation of sustainable yield

Despite the significant findings of rare, threatend and endanged species the sites have been heavily logged by VicForests and continue to be logged.

Why Use Ethical Paper

A short film showing photo's taken mainly over 2011 demonstrating the beauty of Melbourne's forests and devastation of pulp forestry and fires. Recently visiting forest ecologist Professor Jerry Franklin from the University of Washington, who has advised the White House on forest management, compared the condition of Victoria’s mountain ash forests to over-logged areas of south-east Asia and South America. Story here

 There really is no excuse not to pledge to use ethical copy paper.

Timber Industry Action Plan

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The Timber Industry Action Plan recognises the significant role the Victorian native and plantation timber industry plays
 in our State’s economy.

A central theme of the Plan is that for this important industry to have a successful future, it requires greater policy certainty to deliver a secure investment environment. The Victorian Government is providing leadership in this area.

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Regional Forest Agreements

Details of the regional forest agreements

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On The Ground 2011 - The controversies of PEFC and SFI

International Report Reveals Global Failure of PEFC Forest Certification Standard 

Today, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, The Wilderness Society and My Environment have released an international report detailing repeated failures of the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) forest certification standard. The report is being released globally today. 
The report, On the Ground 2011, is a joint project between NGOs in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It uses case studies from the US, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Europe and Malaysia to show that PEFC certified products are being sourced from areas where high value forests are being destroyed and human and community rights are being abused. The PEFC stamp and its Australian affiliate AFS is displayed on a wide range of forest products sold in Australia from toilet paper to timber flooring. 

An Australian supplement to the report by Victorian conservation group My Environment also details problems with the ongoing certification of Australian Paper, maker of Reflex paper, under the local PEFC standard the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS). 

“Forest certification is supposed to provide assurance to consumers that the products they are buying are sourced from responsibly managed forests,” said Reece Turner, Forests Campaigner for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. 

“But as this report shows, behind the green-looking label, the PEFC in many cases signs-off on the destruction of tropical rainforests in places like Chile, Borneo and Indonesia and ignores the concerns and complaints of indigenous and environment organisations.” 

Certification standards rely on credibility in the market place. It is increasingly clear that the PEFC and AFS logos cannot be trusted by consumers to deliver high environmental and social standards for forest products,” said Warrick Jordan, National Forest Campaigner for The Wilderness Society. 

“PEFC and AFS must fundamentally change their approach if they are to become anything other than greenwash for bad forestry practices. If consumers are given the choice, they will choose highly credible certification standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council every time over untrustworthy schemes such as AFS.” 

“The PEFC standard is greenwashing bad forestry practices all over the globe, from the tropical forests of Indonesia to the majestic ash forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands,” said Sarah Rees, spokesperson for My Environment. 

“In Victoria Australian Paper continues to produce its Reflex paper brand from wood from core habitat of the endangered leadbeater’s possum, and AFS and PEFC have failed to address community complaints on logging and consultation (see attached supplementary report). Our experience is that these standards are not responding to legitimate community concern over destructive logging practices.” 

Newly discovered landscape traps produce regime shifts in wet forests

Cement Creek

David B. Lindenmayer,1, Richard J. Hobbsb, Gene E. Likensa,c,1, Charles J. Krebsd, and Samuel C. Banksa

aFenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia; bSchool of Plant Biology, University of Western

Australia, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia; cCary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, 12545; and dDepartment of Zoology, University of

British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4

Contributed by Gene E. Likens, August 4, 2011 (sent for review May 28, 2011)

Australian Paper looses FSC certification for wood sourced from Victorias native forests

After five years of fighting Rain Forest alliance, Accreditation Services International and Australian paper, native forest logging in Victoria is no longer considered low risk

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No Harvey No Harvey No Harvey No

Harvey Norman is using exported logs from Australia's native forests contributing to extinction, water loss and climate change.  No Harvey No Harvey No!

Please let Mr Harvey know what you think about native forest logging

Management Procedures for timber harvesting, roading and regeneration in Victoria's Sate forests 2009

According to the following Management Procedures removal of forest produce from the State forest is not supposed to happen after sunset and before sunrise.

This does not include wood that has already been removed and stockpiled outside of the forests. 

carting out of hours

So if you see log trucks driving down the street at night you can record their details i.e.

  • Street and location
  • number plate
  • details off the side of the truck such as name (if possible)
  • time and date

Ask DSE where they were coming from because the truck drives logbooks should detail all of this.