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. 


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

The vast majority of Victorians want state forests protected, not logged and woodchipped, and Victorians want workers supported while leaving the industry, according to polling in three key marginal seats three weeks out from the Victorian state election.  Read more

The survey results are in! 95% of Werribee constituents surveyed support the proposal for a new Great Forest National Park! Today, volunteers from the Friends of the Earth Forest Collective delivered hundreds of community surveys about Victoria's native forest to Werribee MP and state treasurer, Tim Pallas. In total, 292 surveys were collected from constituents of Werribee and surrounding districts including Tarneit, Altona, Laverton, Bellarine and Melton. 231 of respondents were from the district of Werribee itself.   Read a summary of the survey data here Read more

Victorian environment groups are renewing calls for the creation of new parks and reserves to protect native forests from logging after the release of an audit report revealing state owned logging agency VicForests has failed to achieve the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate. Read more

Critically important habitat for Victoria’s faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum is being logged right now in the Blue Range near Taggerty.    Despite being notified of the critical habitat that is likely being logged in breach of the law, the environment department are making excuses as to why logging should continue and refusing to investigate.  Take action - Ask the Minister to stop the logging here Read more