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.

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

Should rivers and forests have rights of their own?

Should rivers and forests have rights of their own?

October 12, 2014

Tasmania’s World Heritage forests under threat

March 6, 2014

A sad day for Leadbeater’s possum

A sad day for Leadbeater’s possum

December 10, 2013

One Stop Chop: How Regional Forest Agreements streamline environmental destruction

One Stop Chop: How Regional Forest Agreements streamline environmental destruction

July 30, 2013

Forests: news and media

ForestsMedia releases
May 27, 2020

Historic Federal Court win for threatened possums to have national implications for logging and national environment law

MEDIA RELEASE A Federal Court judgment delivered this morning is a huge win for a community group which brought a case under national environment law to protect the threatened Greater…
ForestsReports
April 1, 2020

No longer tenable: Bushfires and Regional Forest Agreements

Regional Forest Agreements are intergovernmental agreements between the Commonwealth and the Western Australian, Tasmanian, New South Wales and Victorian governments. These agreements attempt to resolve competing demands on native forests…
ForestsMedia releasesUncategorized
April 1, 2020

Morrison and Andrews governments fail Victoria’s threatened species in the wake of the bushfires by renewing Regional Forest Agreements

MEDIA RELEASE The Victorian and Commonwealth governments have agreed to extend the five Victorian Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) for 10 years without taking into account the impacts of the catastrophic summer bushfires on native forests and wildlife.  Ten-year extensions with 5-year reviews were formalised yesterday for the five RFAs covering…
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…