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.

A win for our forests and threatened species

January 31, 2020

The next 6 months are crucial for our threatened species

December 20, 2019

Nature protection under review

November 29, 2019

The Victorian Government announces an end to native timber logging

November 29, 2019

Victorian government withdraws proposed changes to Forests Code

September 26, 2019

Reflections and a call to action on Threatened Species Day

September 6, 2019

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

Forests: news and media

ForestsMedia releases
March 27, 2020

WOTCH back in Victoria’s Supreme Court tomorrow to stop VicForests logging an additional 13 areas of threatened species habitat after catastrophic bushfires

This Friday 27 March, community group Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) is back in Victoria’s Supreme Court in a case to stop VicForests from logging areas of unburnt threatened species habitat, following…
ForestsMedia releases
February 18, 2020

WOTCH back in Victoria’s Supreme Court today to stop VicForests logging in threatened species habitat after catastrophic bushfires

  MEDIA ALERT Today, community group WOTCH is back in Victoria’s Supreme Court in a case to stop VicForests from logging areas of unburnt threatened species habitat, following the catastrophic bushfires.  At…
ForestsMedia releases
February 12, 2020

Supreme Court orders VicForests halt logging in threatened species habitat for the second time in 10 days

MEDIA ALERT On Friday 7 February, Justice McMillan of the Victorian Supreme Court made orders that extend the interim halt on logging in unburnt forests to incorporate three further coupes…
ForestsMedia releases
January 30, 2020

Supreme Court rules VicForests must stop logging in threatened species habitat after catastrophic bushfires

MEDIA RELEASE VicForests has been forced to immediately stop logging in several areas of threatened species habitat after the Victorian Supreme Court granted an injunction to citizen science group Wildlife…