Donate to help us defend the Kuark forest in court
A big thank you to everyone who has stood with us and our clients as we strive to protect our forests in court. If you've signed a petition, attended an event or made a donation – thank you!
Litigation has protected some of our iconic forests and set some important precedents. We can only do this work because of your support.
Please help us continue this important work by donating today.
You might have read in The Guardian and The Age about the forests case we are running on behalf of the Friends of Leadbeater's Possum. That case in the Federal Court 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 Regional Forest Agreement. For nearly two decades the logging industry has operated as if it's exempt from Federal environment law. This important case seeks to clarify the issue.
In a separate case, on behalf of the Fauna and Flora Research Collective Inc, we are trying to protect spectacular areas of old growth forest in eastern Victoria that have never before been logged.
One of these places is the Kuark forest in East Gippsland, which contains spectacular areas of old-growth forest. Ancient trees tower overhead, as they have since before European colonisation. The scent of sassafras is on the breeze. Birdsong fills the air.
This forest has lived and breathed this way for thousands of years. It stands today as an example of a forest type that was once far more widespread. But for how much longer will it stand?
If we hadn't commenced urgent legal proceedings in the Victorian Supreme Court in late October, the birdsong would have been replaced by the sound of chainsaws and heavy machinery. The scent of sassafras by the smell of diesel. Towering trees would have been torn down and the forest damaged beyond recognition.
State logging agency VicForests had already ripped a logging road through one of these forests, had pegged out a logging coupe and its machinery was on site and ready to go.
Fortunately we were successful in gaining a temporary injunction to prevent VicForests from starting up the chainsaws and bulldozers.
But we can't rest on our laurels. The injunction is temporary.
The Court ordered VicForests to remove its chainsaws and heavy machinery for the time being. But unless we see this case through, they will return. Now we urgently need your support to prepare the case and gather evidence so we can permanently protect these spectacular areas of old growth forest.
Without this legal action – and without your support – VicForests will return and start ripping into the Kuark forest and other areas of iconic old growth in East Gippsland.
We need your support to keep the Kuark living and breathing.