Call for moratorium on logging in Strathbogie Ranges
The Victorian Government and its logging business, VicForests, plan to log 450ha of some of the highest quality and most beautiful forest left in the Strathbogie Ranges.
The forest, about 150km northeast of Melbourne, is home to Koalas, Powerful Owls and Greater Gliders, and is cherished by the local community.
Simeon Ayres from the Strathbogie Sustainable Forests Group says the proposed logging would put a number of animal species at risk.
"It is probably the finest piece of forest up there. Once we lose it, that is it," he says.
Most of the timber from these forests are expected to be chipped, used for firewood or other lower-grade products.
The group is now calling for a moratorium on logging in the Strathbogie Forest until a proper investigation of all forest values has been completed.