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.

The possums case

November 23, 2017

Court action stops VicForests from destroying Kuark forest in East Gippsland

November 1, 2017

Victorian Government plan for Leadbeater’s Possum relies on 200 years with no bushfires

September 7, 2017

Logging in Victoria targets threatened species

July 21, 2017

Sorry state for threatened gliders in Victoria

June 5, 2017

The minister, the possum and the sawmill

April 3, 2017

Blind to a Swift decline – the Tasmanian RFA review

December 18, 2015

Danya Jacobs, Forest Lawyer

Danya Jacobs, Forest Lawyer

December 9, 2015

When laws fail, only a park can protect Leadbeater’s possum

When laws fail, only a park can protect Leadbeater’s possum

November 18, 2014

Forests: news and media

CasesForestsMedia releases
April 9, 2021

Fate of Australia’s native forests hinged on Federal Court appeal next week

MEDIA RELEASE  A historic victory for Australia’s native forests and threatened species is being challenged in the Federal Court next week, with an appeal outcome set to change the fate of logging in…
BiodiversityForestsMedia releases
August 21, 2020

Federal Court’s final orders in landmark legal win protect forests home to threatened possums from logging 

Federal Court’s final orders in landmark legal win protect forests home to threatened possums from logging  The Federal Court has delivered final orders for Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum’s historic win against state logging agency, VicForests, that protects the forests subject to the…
BiodiversityForestsMedia releases
August 21, 2020

Federal Court’s final orders in landmark legal win protect forests home to threatened possums from logging

MEDIA RELEASE The Federal Court has delivered final orders for Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum’s historic win against state logging agency, VicForests that protects the forests subject to the case from…
ForestsMedia releases
July 20, 2020

Supreme Court prevents VicForests from logging five more sites of threatened species habitat 

Supreme Court prevents VicForests from logging five more sites of threatened species habitat  Victoria’s Supreme Court has issued five more temporary injunctions to stop VicForests from logging areas of unburnt threatened species habitat following…