Forest Conservation Victoria are again protecting native forests this week with the establishment of a peaceful blockade at Castella in the tall, wet forests of Toolangi.
A person is suspended 30 meters up a tree on a platform attached to logging machinery that is preventing logging operations from proceeding.
The response comes after volunteer citizen scientists again exposed the inadequacies of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s (DELWP) pre-logging surveys by recording a new population of critically endangered native fish and a high-density of threatened Greater Gliders.
The habitat of the Barred Galaxias fish is under immediate threat from clearfell logging operations with a track already bulldozed across the creek upstream of the detection location.
“Against all odds this incredible fish has managed to survive within this fragile ecosystem in the upper headwaters of the Murray-Darling Basin. Its resilience through such tough conditions gives us renewed hope for the future, they can’t possibly consider clearfell logging this fish’s habitat.”
We’re here because we want to see an end to Victoria’s native forest logging industry and a transition into sustainable timber plantations.
Why should the community sit by while the government continues to push our native wildlife further towards extinction.