Code of Forest Practice proposes to stop
logging within National Rainforest Sites of Significance in East Gippsland.
The current review of the Code of Forest Practices proposes to protected 480ha of very contentious forest located within ten National Rainforest Sites of Significance in the East Gippsland State Forest area (some of this area has already been logged).
However in June 2006, the Victorian government decided to defer finalising these proposed changes to the Code until after the November 2006 state election and allow logging in areas that the draft Code say should be protected. See the owl story for more details.
Under the proposed Code changes, nationally significant rainforest stands will have
the buffers to protect against logging increased to a sub-catchment level.
Although this is an improvement, VRN disputes the fundamental way rainforest is being protected in East Gippsland. See more
Following are links to profiles of the ten rainforest sites of national significance. Each contains a link to the map provided by DSE that shows the approximate location of the proposed sub-catchment area (in purple).
63 Bemm River 4 ha
51 Brodribb River 51 ha
78 Cobb Hill 50 ha
81 East Errinundra (Dingo creek) 61 ha
114 Genoa 2 ha
80 Goonmirk Rocks (Hammond Road) 26 ha
72 Little Goolengook 55 ha
38 Lower Snowy 4 ha
57 Martins Ck 115 ha
107 Mt Drummer 115 ha
Also see key map for the location of all East Gippsland RSOS.
Accuracy of DSE maps
VRN has queried the accuracy of some of the shaded purple areas for the following sites:
In total there are about five coupes on the East Gippsland Timber Release Plan (TRP) that will fall within the 480ha sub-catchment rainforest buffer area proposed in the Draft Code of Forest Practices.
The coupes are within the proposed sub-catchment buffers of the following national rainforest sites of significance:
VRN is lobbying government trying to ensure logging within the sub-catchment buffer areas does not proceed.
About 15% of this 480 ha area in East Gippsland has already been clearfell logged over the past ten years. This includes places where very bitter confrontations between conservationists and the native forest logging industry have occurred. They include protests at East Errinundra (Dingo creek) in 2001 and Little Goolengook in 2002.
VRN tried unsuccessfully though correspondence to get Forest Victoria to
postpone logging at East Errinundra national
RSOS in 2005. VRN argued that logging would pre-empt planning decisions
as there was a good chance the Code review would increase buffers. This was
ignored and a 40 ha area within the National RSOS in the Dingo Creek area