Forest Conservation Victoria reports that:
“Logging has been halted today in an area of forest at Icy Creek, along the main scenic tourist road out to Mt Baw Baw. A person is suspended 25 metres above the ground up a tree on a platform tied to logging machinery. Their actions are preventing the destruction of Ballantynes Saddle, which still remains after major decimation on the adjacent ridge.”
Ballantynes Saddle lies on the road to Mt Baw Baw between Icy Creek and the township of Tanjil Bren.
“We are here because:
– We are facing a climate emergency and our forests are critical to storing carbon.
– Our native wildlife is being logged to extinction.
– Over 80% of Victoria’s forests are woodchipped for paper.
Everyday citizens are stepping in where the government is failing to put an end to native forest logging in Victoria. Our native forests are a treasured part of our cultural, historical and ecological heritage and need to be left standing”.
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FOREST CONSERVATION VICTORIA MEDIA RELEASE 8/05/2019
BLOCKADE ON MT. BAW BAW TOURIST ROAD ENTERS THIRD DAY
Logging has been stopped on the Mt. Baw Baw tourist road at Icy Creek for a third day. A conservationist from Forest Conservation Victoria (FCV) is suspended in a tree 25 metres off the ground on a platform tied to logging machinery. They are protesting the ongoing destruction of Victoria’s native forests. Native forest logging is occurring all over Victoria and the community group is calling for an end to the destructive practice.
“The Labor government continue to log Victoria’s forests, while the world is calling for urgent and progressive action on climate change. Post-logging burns emit huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, polluting the environment and suffocating local towns. These forests also play a vital role in storing carbon and mitigating the devastating effects of climate change.” said Sarah McConnell of FCV.
“Australia is on a fast track to climate catastrophe. You cannot have a serious federal or state climate policy without including the protection of forests. To continue logging what little we have left amid a climate emergency is suicidal.” said Sarah McConnell.
Recent reports about declining biodiversity is an increasing concern. These forests are rich eco-systems which support many of Victoria’s unique and threatened flora and fauna, including the threatened Greater Glider which has been found in the area. The forest on the chopping block runs along the main road to Mount Baw Baw and is an iconic route to a treasured tourist destination.
“This particular coupe adds to the extensive clearing that runs along Ballantynes ridge which has been decimated over the past 2 years. It’s devastating to see the ongoing destruction. Logging of native forests is completely unsustainable, and they will never recover. We need to see immediate and meaningful action taken to protect our natural environment.” said Hayley Forster of FCV.
“Logging has permanently scarred the landscape in this area and entire hillsides have been completely wiped out. It is appalling that the Victorian government logs these places which are home to threatened species and are the catchments which supply Melbourne with its water.” said Hayley Forster.
Forest Conservation Victoria is committed to campaigning for native forest protection. With climate emergency at the forefront of the upcoming federal election, forest protection and stronger environmental laws need to be a major priority. State and federal Labor and Liberal parties have no policy to bring an end to destructive logging of native forests, despite communities Australia wide wanting to vote for environmental protection.
Forest Conservation Victoria acknowledge the thousands of years of custodianship over the land by the Wurundjeri and Gunnai Kurnai nations. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.