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.

Government commits Victoria to Logging native forests for the indefinite future

Government commits Victoria to Logging native forests for the indefinite future

April 24, 2013

The TARKINE and why we can’t lose sight of the bigger picture – improving the EPBC Act

The TARKINE and why we can’t lose sight of the bigger picture – improving the EPBC Act

March 4, 2013

Victorian Government to lock in logging

Victorian Government to lock in logging

September 12, 2012

A great leap backward for Victoria’s forests

A great leap backward for Victoria’s forests

December 15, 2011

Forests: news and media

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
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…