On December 15th conservationists from Goongerah Environment Centre took direct action to stop an illegal VicForests logging operation in the St Patricks river forests in far East Gippsland.
Logging was occurring in threatened species habitat without a legally required pre-logging survey for protected wildlife. VicForests are required by law to identify and protect threatened species habitat. Illegal logging of rainforest buffers had also occurred, in breach of the logging Code of Practice.
Remarkably, after just one day of action and a letter from lawyers representing Environment East Gippsland, VicForests agreed to stop logging in the coupe and the logging contractors have left.
It was an amazing result and successfully prevented the destruction of large areas of high conservation value forest home to threatened species. Most of the forest remains intact and safe from VicForests lawless logging regime.
Of the 20 brave people who physically stopped the logging for the day and helped achieve this fantastic result, 8 of them were issued $500 fines. They need your help to pay them off quickly so they can continue to act, get back on the frontline and stand up for our environment.
Several areas of threatened species habitat are scheduled for logging without having legally required wildlife surveys completed. These areas may also be logged in breach of the law and we need to keep a close eye on operations.
Can you spare a few dollars to help these legends out?
They risked a lot to take this action, but it was so worth it. Illegal logging has stopped, and the forests of the St Patricks river area and the wildlife they house remain safe for now!
Some of you may have donated to our previous PlanetFunder campaign in support of three conservationists to challenge fines issued for exposing illegal rainforest logging.
These funds are sitting within a legal defence fund, we are waiting to receive a court summons and then will engage lawyers and spend the funds. We are ready to go and well-resourced and prepared thanks to your help.
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