Protected rainforest and rainforest buffers have been illegally logged by VicForests near Tonghi Creek in far East Gippsland.
Logging by VicForests in coupe 868-506-0009 “Granton Road” has impacted on rainforest in numerous locations a several hectares of forest that should have been protected in a rainforest buffer has been logged.
The breaches have been reported the breach to the regulator Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and written to the Office of Conservation Regulation.
Field inspections of VicForests logging coupe 868-506-0009 “Granton rd” identified protected warm temperate rainforest near the southern and western boundaries of the coupe. The rainforest has not been afforded the required minimum buffer protections and has been freshly impacted by logging.
Friends of the Earth member group Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO)’s report presents evidence of warm temperate rainforest stands within four areas of the coupe where field inspections were most intensively focussed. It is alleged logging in these areas has breached rainforest protections detailed in the Code of Practice for Timber Production and has not been conducted in accordance with the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2014.