What an unspeakable tragedy if we push Leadbeater's possum into extinction. It's not too late. We know what to do. Stop clearfell logging of the mighty ash forests and create the magnificent Giant Forests National Park on Melbourne's doorstep. Let's make this the turning point for Leadbeater's possum and endangered wildlife across the country.
Highlights from a packed public meeting in Melbourne on 29 August 2013 with Tim Flannery, David Lindenmeyer, Bob Brown, Sarah Rees.
Dr Judith Ajani analyses the arguments of both sides of the forestry debate about whether native forests should be used for bioenergy or biodiversity. This video was recorded at The Australian National University on 10 November 2011.
Check out the amazing video of a giant banner unfurled in a logging coupe in Tasmania calling on Harvey Norman to stop retailing forest destruction. For more info check out www.thelaststand.org.au
TWS Vic and MyEnvironment Inc. have played private eye for the last 12 weeks to study a supply chain of logs that have been leaving our fire ravaged forest and ending up in Footscray. The forest were once home to the endangered faunal emblem of Vic - the Leadbeaters Possum.
The supply chain is a breach of state laws to protect Australian jobs. Whole saw logs are meant to be 'processed' before they are exported, this requires a fairly complex demonstration of adjustment to the wood. VicForests first claimed that trimming the ends to fit the logs into containers constituted 'processing', they have since retracted statements and have put the case 'under investigation'.
Below is a video of the ABC 7.30 Victoria story "China Logs" as it went to air on Friday 10/06/2011.
This video (below) is for those who want an indepth understanding of where the native forest logging industry is in Australia and where it is heading (for a brick wall). Economist, Dr Judith Ajani from the Australian National University, is Australia’s foremost expert on the plantation and native forest industries, having studied them for decades. The trends are undeniable. This is a long video of about 40 minutes with a lot of explanatory graphs and stats. For the dedicated and curious!
Below is a short video of Jill talking about the forests of East Gippsland.
Remarkably, Australia's native forests store more carbon pollution than any other forests on Earth. If we protect them, we can immediately reduce emissions and store the pollution from nine coal-fired power stations every year.
There now is a once in a generation opportunity to protect our native forests--a crucial lifeline for our climate. But to do that we have to let the forestry industry and Australian governments at all levels know we're serious about reform.
View this 15 second ad on why people should insist that Liberal and Labor parties take native forest wood fired power off their renewable energy list.
This clip (below) is of yet another endangered Long-footed Potoroo displaying a very prehensile and expressive tail. It was recently found (Winter 2010) in another patch of forest planned for logging. The survey crew who are now known as "Fauna and Flora Research Collective" found this using the infrared cameras. VicForests have been notified of the presence and hopefully will withdraw plans to log the forest. But so far, their record isn't good.
The endangered Long-footed Potoroo has never before been filmed gathering and carrying nesting material in it's tail - here's a short video clip
ABC Stateline (Victoria) - Brown Mt Story 9th April 2010
ABC News - Brown Mt Court Ruling report 11th August 2010
Come and experience the grandeur of East Gippsland's old growth forest at Brown Mountain, meet it's wildlife and then be outraged by its destruction. You can help.
Below is a short trailer for a 15 minute video by the Forestry Commission of Great Britain on the interaction between Earth's forests and our climate.
The clip below is a performance of a song that Jenny McKechnie wrote about logging in east Gippsland, after visiting Brown Mountain.
It has been played at a number of festivals, always gets a fantastic reception.