for East Gippsland's Owls
Last year, Environment East Gippsland
(EEG) lodged legal proceedings to challenge the state
government’s refusal to review owl protection zones
following the 2014 bushfires.
During summer 2014, bushfires destroyed thousands of
hectares of critically important habitat for East
Gippsland’s threatened wildlife. This region is the
stronghold for large forest owls. To date, the state
government has refused to conduct the urgently needed, and
legally required, review of the protection measures for
The numbers of Sooty, Powerful and
Masked Owls are declining due to a loss of prime habitat for
them to nest and breed in. Right now, logging coupes are
scheduled in forest areas known to be habitat to these owls,
including Kuark Forest.
Thanks to citizen science and survey work identifying the
presence of threatened species of large forest owls, there
are now over 80 proposed logging areas where owls have been
identified that will remain unlogged until the matter is
We understand that mediation between EEG
and the State Government should take place in late May. If
this fails to reach a suitable agreement then the matter
will go to the Supreme Court.
To show your support for the
protection of owl habitat and the forests of East Gippsland,
#GFNP Straight to the Top
On Tuesday March 5th, Wilderness Society
campaigners and supporters joined members of the
Healesville, Toolangi and Warburton communities at Deputy
Premier James Merlino’s electorate office in
The communities delivered messages to Mr.
Merlino’s staff expressing their concerns about
logging in the precious forests around their towns.
Unfortunately, ongoing logging in
special forests is pre-empting the outcome of the
Government’s proposed ‘Forest Taskforce’.
All of the messages delivered for the Deputy Premier called
for immediate, interim protection for special
Polling before the state election showed
over 70% of voters in Monbulk - Mr. Merlino’s
electorate - support the creation of the Great Forest
Prior to visiting Mr Merlino’s
office, campaigners and volunteers handed out information
about the Great Forest National Park to people on the main
street of Belgrave.
If you would like to help raise
awareness of the Great Forest National Park and help protect
Victoria’s special forests, please click
Have You Heard
About the Forest Fairies?
This week is Fairy (Leadbeater's) Possum
On the evening of April 3rd 1961, botanist
Eric Wilkinson, along with two colleagues, sighted a Fairy
Possum just outside Cambarville, near Marysville. At that
time, it had been assumed that the species had become
extinct following the devastating Ash Wednesday fires 22
In recognition of this miraculous
re-discovery, in 1971, the Fairy Possum was made the faunal
emblem for the State of Victoria.
Sadly, despite this incredible story and
the esteem in which the Fairy Possum is held, continued
logging in its habitat is driving it ever closer to
All is not lost though; with fast action
the forests the Fairy Possum lives in can be protected and
saved through the creation of the Great Forest National
To help protect the Fairy Possum,
why not adopt a furry new member for your family?
To learn more and Adopt a Forest Fairy, click