Forests

Environmental Justice Australia represents citizen scientists and community groups in court with cases that defend the places we love and the species that call them home.

One current Federal Court case challenges whether logging in endangered species habitat can continue to have a special exemption from federal environment protection law. Since the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) system was established in 1997, logging has pushed unique Australian species like the Swift Parrot, Leadbeater’s Possum, Greater Glider and the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo closer to extinction. Our case argues that certain past and future logging in Victoria’s Central Highlands is not exempt from the federal threatened species law because it is not in accordance with the RFA.

In another current Supreme Court case, we are seeking to ensure the Victorian government protects the minimum area of old growth forest guaranteed by law in East Gippsland and prevent state logging agency VicForests from cutting down spectacular areas of old growth forest in eastern Victoria that have never been logged.

We also represent community members who are charged criminally during peaceful protests against logging in Victoria’s native forests.

Federal election – new nature laws please!

May 3, 2019

On the independent review of Victoria’s timber harvesting regulations

March 29, 2019

Danya Jacobs wins Young Lawyer of the Year

March 29, 2019

A big win for law reform to protect the Places You Love

December 20, 2018

Defending our old-growth forests in Court

December 15, 2018

‘Certainty’: injunction to stop VicForests logging threatened species’ habitat

May 10, 2018

Case to test VicForests’ non-compliance with forest agreement

April 20, 2018

Federal Court gives conservationists hope in Leadbeater’s case

March 2, 2018

The possums case

November 23, 2017

Forests: news and media

December 19, 2018

Logging of old-growth forests should stop, Victorian environment department says (The Guardian)

December 10, 2018

Case to stop VicForests destroying old-growth forests in Victorian Supreme Court on Monday

November 22, 2018

Questions over logging of Victorian State Forests (ABC)

November 21, 2018

Australia’s endangered forests are being ‘stolen’ and sold in hardware and office stores (ABC)

July 30, 2018

Court documents reveal legal concerns with VicForests’ logging in Greater Glider habitat

May 14, 2018

VicForests ceases logging at five contentious coupes (Gippsland Times)