Logging plans threaten Victoria’s western forests

Red-tailed black cockatoos.

VicForests' new Timber Utilisation Plan 2017 for western Victoria shows logging will target areas known to contain high numbers of threatened species, including the iconic red-tailed black cockatoo, and large areas of endangered, vulnerable or depleted native vegetation types.

Much of the timber to be harvested is for low-value uses including commercial firewood, poles, posts and some sawlogs.

More than 30 threatened native animals and plants have been found in or closely adjacent to the proposed logging areas, indicating their ecological importance as prime habitat, which should rule out any future logging operations.

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