The Strathbogie Ranges, in Victoria’s north east, contain valuable remnant forests across a range of elevations. Logging in the Ranges has long been opposed by many locals.
The Shepparton News is reporting that locals are now considering a legal challenge to the VicForests logging.
According to the article by Barclay White:
“Protesters are gearing up in their fight to stop logging in Strathbogie State Forest, and the next fight could be in the courtroom.
Strathbogie Sustainable Forests Group spokesman Simeon Ayres said the group was considering legal options to halt the logging.
‘‘We have been told we have good grounds to start legal action,’’ Mr Ayres said.
‘‘It would cost the group a lot of money, but where there is a will there is a way.’’
The group, which is made up of a mix of landowners, farmers, nature lovers and concerned residents, has been in an extended battle with state-owned corporation VicForests over logging in the Strathbogie Forest.
The group believes the logging, which started this month, could endanger wildlife within the forest, such as the greater glider and powerful owl”.
For further information on the campaign, check the website of the Strathbogie Sustainable Forests Group.