VicForests breaches environmental code of practice

Lawless Logging, a new report by Friends of the Earth, Fauna and Flora Research Collective and Goongerah Environment Centre, has documented 27 unlawful native forest logging operations by Victoria's state-owned logging company VicForests in protected threatened species habitat and rainforest in East Gippsland and the Central Highlands.

The report showed that endangered spiny crayfish, Leadbeater's possums, koalas and greater gliders were found in logged areas. It accused VicForests of a “systemic failure” to comply with the environmental code of practice. The code is designed to guard rare, threatened and protected animals and forest types, including rainforests.

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