And the other eight coupes due to be logged in the Strathbogie Forest – 369 ha in total.
You’ve already logged some of the highest conservation value forest left in the entire Strathbogie Ranges and it looks like Mr Hat and Tartan coupes are next, yet both have been shown by government surveys to have high numbers of Greater Gliders. Scientific research has repeatedly demonstrated that healthy, intact, carbon-dense forests are one of the best and most cost-effective defenses available to avert dangerous climate change, yet native forest logging continues, here in the Strathbogie Forest and across Victoria.
Government policy on logging native forests is completely out of step with regional Victorian’s opinion and values. And that’s certainly true in the Strathbogies!
Mr Hat coupe is on the east side of Stan’s Tk in the Parlour’s Creek catchment, to the north-east of Parlour’s Creek coupe (logged in 2017). And it’s adjacent to Stan’s coupe, (logged in 2009). Government surveys found the equivalent of 20, 12 and 10 Greater Gliders per kilometer (equiv.) in the three survey transects – detection rates that protect forest from logging elsewhere in Victoria!
Tartan coupe is also in Parlour’s Creek catchment, abutting and to the north of Parlour’s Creek coupe. Government surveys found the equivalent of 14, 10 and 4 Greater Gliders per kilometer (equiv.) in the three survey transects. The entire coupe should be protected from logging.
We call on the Daniel Andrews government to follow the policy lead of the Strathbogie Shire Council and calls from Regional Victoria, to immediately stop all native forest logging in the Strathbogie Forest.
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