Native forests under threat
From towering Mountain Ash trees to ancient Gondwanan rainforests found nowhere else on Earth, Australia’s native forests are magnificent.
They're the lungs of communities. They clean our air and filter our water. They're homes for threatened wildlife, and key to tourism. They're also vital climate solutions. Victoria's forests are are some of the densest carbon sinks on the world.
The Victorian Government has announced the end to many kinds of native forest logging, but we're concerned about exceptions and loopholes.
And logging continues to decimate extraordinary, ancient forests across Tasmania and New South Wales.
Since colonisation, more than two thirds of Australia's native forests have been destroyed.
Following a decade of intense fires, it is more important than ever to protect what's left.
What we're doing
Winning legal protection for forests in the courtroom
Our formidable forest litigators represent citizen scientists and community groups to keep the bulldozers out of Victoria's native forests.
Empowering communities, citizen scientists and activists
We create essential community resources for forest defenders, and push back against laws that seek to criminalise forest protest.
Advocating for stronger laws and more accountability
Through behind-the-scenes work and in partnership with other organisations working to protect our forests, we call for law reform, seek accountability and build public pressure to end native forest logging.
Publicly funded destruction
Most native forest logging will soon end in Victoria, but EJA lawyers and partners will make sure the government doesn't create loopholes to keep bulldozing and burning vital wildlife habitat indefinitely.
VicForests has a legacy of illegal logging. Dozens of court challenges and investigations by scientists, community groups, citizen scientists and environmental organisations have shed light on the extent of VicForest's unlawful activities, including illegal logging, killing threatened wildlife, surveillance of scientists and campaigners, breaching environmental protections, and greenwashing and mismanagement.
Why are native forests so important?
Native forests provide critical habitat for iconic animals and threatened wildlife, and offer respite to all who visit them.
Vital for life
Our forests filter the air we breathe and the water we drink, and are homes to insects that pollinate our crops, providing us with food security.
Ancient native forests help regulate our climate and slow climate change by acting as critical carbon stores.
Epic court battle against VicForests continues
Citizen scientists are continuing their epic three-year battle in the Victorian Supreme Court to protect endangered species from industrial logging.
ACCC greenwashing complaint
Community legal guide for forest protectors in Victoria
Watershed court victory against VicForests