In early November 2016 we created a petition calling for a moratorium on logging in the Strathbogie Forest, until there’s a thorough assessment of the forest’s values. Initially, we thought we might get 1000 signatures, after all, how many people even care and could be bothered signing. But the 1000 target was reached in less than a week, so the target became 5000, which was reached two weeks later.
The petition has now closed and a staggering 29,521 people have supported the call for a moratorium on logging in the Strathbogie Forest.
That 8000+ Australians care so much about this small, isolated forest in north-east Victoria was beyond our wildest imagination and gives us heart and energy to continue our campaign.
Care petitions are international and it was surprising and totally fantastic that we had so many overseas supporters – from 169 countries around the world. There were 25 countries that supplied more than 100 supporters and 15 countries supplied more than 200 supporters: USA 11,174, Australia 8,486, Canada 1,259, UK 769, France 741, Germany 666, Italy 633, Spain 395, Mexico 385, Belgium 340, Brazil 337, Netherlands 327, South Africa 311, Switzerland 272, Portugal 234; forests have friends everywhere!!
And it’s not just on-line support that’s offered; so far, several hundred people have signed paper-based petitions seeking the same outcome.These signatures have been collected at community gatherings around the Ranges and show the overwhelmingly strong local support for a moratorium on logging.
We’ll continue to pressure the Victorian Government to undertake an assessment of the forest’s environmental and social values, so that it and the community can make informed decisions about where to log and where not to log. Currently, it’s Blind Freddy making all the decisions.
A previous post documented the impact of logging the first 30 ha of the 450 ha on Vicforests’ schedule.