VicForests acknowledges today’s decision of the Federal Court and will carefully consider the implications on its harvesting program.
We note that extensive areas for biodiversity protection have been set aside at the end of 2019 for protection, including 96,000ha set aside last November when the Government developed its Victorian Forestry plan. In addition, a new Greater Glider Action Statement is in place under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and is being fully implemented by VicForests.
VicForests harvests 2500-3000 hectares each year, about 0.04%, of the entire public native forests in Victoria – nominally equivalent to 4 trees in the 10,000. About 94% of Victorian native forests are in protected areas that cannot be harvested or are unsuitable.
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