Victorian Forests Campaign

Friends of the Earth's forest campaign brings together grassroots groups, forest activists and new people looking to get involved from across Victoria to coordinate campaigns and take action for the protection of Victoria's native forests and wildlife.

After decades of exploitation by the logging industry, our forest ecosystems are facing collapse and their wildlife experiencing rapid decline and in some cases facing extinction. But now, forest groups, activists and regional communities are coming together like never before to work for the protection of our remaining forests and wildlife, to ensure they have a brighter future.

The Friends of the Earth Forest Collective meets 6pm Thursdays fortnightly at the Friends of the Earth campaign centre, 312 Smith St, Collingwood. 

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The objectives of the FoE forest campaign are:

1. The creation of the Great Forest National Park in Victoria's Central Highlands.

2. The protection of East Gippsland's high conservation value forests through the creation of the Emerald Link proposal

3. The strengthening of protections for threatened wildlife and ecosystems through regulatory reform of the logging industry.

4. Grow support for and help to create a just transition for the forestry industry out of native forests and into sustainably managed plantations and non timber sources of fibre. 

 

 


Latest News



Goongerah Environment Centre and Friends of the Earth have today welcomed the Victorian government announcement of protection of 96,000 hectares of forests in eastern Victoria and complete and immediate protection of 90,000 hectares of old growth forest, but say more details and maps are needed to ensure the announcement results in lasting and effective protection.  Goongerah Environment Centre and Friends of the Earth spokesperson Ed Hill said: “It’s very welcome to see the Andrews government finally show leadership to protect native forests, especially old growth forests in East Gippsland. This is a positive first step towards better protection of East... Read more


 The following Sample Responses have been prepared by members of the FOE Forest Collective to assist forest lovers and activists to complete the Survey on Regional Forest Agreements which forms part of the consultation phase on the Modernisation of the Victorian Regional Forest Agreements. ***UPDATE*** Your response must be completed by midnight Sunday, 7 July 2019. Use the following Sample Responses to guide your completion of the survey (in your own words). Alternatively you may use the Sample survey responses prepared by the Wilderness Society. Please respond to the RFA Survey here.   Read more


The Wilderness Society and Goongerah Environment Centre and Friends of the Earth Independent Review of Timber Harvesting Regulation ​joint ​​response  Read more


The Victorian Government’s daft “fuzzy map” excuse for VicForests logging outside its allocated forest area could mean that all VicForests’ logging in the past five years may be unlawful. The Andrews Labor Government told the ABC, which broke the story of the illegal logging,[i] that it’s not possible to tell whether its own logging agency, VicForests, is compliant with the law due to a fuzzy map. Read more