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Supporting Grassroots Forest Groups

Friends of the Earth is proudly supporting a number of grassroots environment groups as part of our work to protect Victoria's native forests. 

Friends of Alberton West Forest

Friends of Alberton West Forest is a small grassroots, community group of environmentalists, land care volunteers & farmers trying to defend the Alberton West State Forest and its endangered inhabitants. 

Just north of Wilson’s Prom in south Gippsland, Alberton West State Forest is a precious, largely untouched island of biodiversity. Ecologists have found nine threatened, vulnerable, endangered and, yes, critically endangered plants and animals where government bureaucrats have selected for logging.

On top of that, there’s the precious Strzelecki Koala. Literally, the only original Victorian koala population left. These koalas are unique and genetically diverse survivors of the original wild population, there's not much habitat left for them. Victoria's lost many to fire already.

Friends of Alberton West State Forest is providing fundraising support to a legal challenge against VicForests, and hope to educate people in their community about the significance of the area through events, public education and citizen science.  

Alberton West Forest is an important refuge and we need your help to protect it.  Make a donation to support Friends of Alberton West Forest here.
Entrance to Alberton West State Forest, Gippsland.

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Victorian Forest Alliance

The Victorian Forest Alliance aims to protect and restore native forests in the state of Victoria by developing effective strategies to facilitate interaction and collaboration between environmental groups. The alliance brings together all groups actively protecting native forests in Victoria no matter what their geographical location and shows solidarity with First Nations Peoples by developing meaningful relationships that amplify First Nations voices and cultural values.

The Victorian Forest Alliance is a new alliance of long-time grassroots forest groups that incorporated in October 2021. The alliance brings together all groups actively protecting native forests in Victoria no matter what their geographical location. All the groups collectively have had more than 80 years of experience, are active within their communities and have incredible on the ground knowledge and existing networks.

The VFA’s Mission Statement is to protect and restore native forests in Victoria, and:

  • Facilitate interaction and collaboration between environment groups to support the protection and restoration of native forests in Victoria.
  • Develop and employ effective strategies to protect and restore native forests in Victoria.
  • Ensure that the measures proposed to protect and restore the ecological integrity of native forests are grounded in science.
  • Show solidarity with First Nations Peoples by developing meaningful relationships that amplify mobs’ voices and cultural values.
  • Increase public awareness of how preserving and restoring native forest can address the consequences of extractive industries.
  • Support alternatives to extractive industries.

You can make s donation to support this powerful new alliance here!

Black Spur in the - Beautiful Mountain Ash forests.