The Leadbeater’s Possum is Victoria’s faunal emblem and is only found in the Mountain Ash forests of the Central Highlands. It was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered near Marysville in 1961.
The possum is critically endangered with only around 1500 surviving in the wild and are threatened by unsustainable native forest logging. With almost half of their habitat destroyed in bushfires, we need to act now to save our unique state faunal emblem.
The Greater Glider, Australia’s largest gliding marsupial and once common, has experienced significant declines in population. The Greater Glider, although listed as threatened by both state and federal governments, is not protected by legislation. Their habitat is being destroyed by logging, they are now facing extinction and need our protection.
The Mountain Ash forests of Central Victoria are home to some of Australia’s most unique and the world’s most vulnerable species. Logging these forests, the most carbon-dense in the world and containing the world’s tallest flowering trees, is irreversibly wiping out the area’s biodiversity and will cause the Leadbeater’s Possum, the Greater Glider and other species to go extinct.
Also known as the Clumsy Possum, Greater Gliders are marsupials. The young spend their first months in their mother’s pouch.
Listed as Vulnerable
Tiger Quolls can grow up to a metre in length and only live in areas with more than 600mm rain per year.
Listed as Endangered
If you want to find a Sooty Owl nest, look no further than inside the hollow-bearing trees of the Central Highlands.
Listed as Threatened
Spotted Tree Frog
The Spotted Tree Frog is so rare that the entire species is believed to live in only five square kilometres of forest.
Listed as Critically Endangered
VicForests is a government owned business which logs our native forests and sells the product to other companies. Since 2004, VicForests has logged over a billion dollars worth of native timber, effectively gifted to it by the Victorian taxpayer.
Almost ninety per cent of the wood cut from our forests is chipped and turned into copy paper. The remainder is either used for ‘higher-value’ products, like pallets, fence palings or furniture, or burnt for heat.
Profits made from the destruction of our forests often flow offshore – for example, Reflex paper is manufactured by Australian Paper, which is Japanese-owned. Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has claimed that up to 21,000 jobs rely on native forest logging, but VicForests says the industry employs just 485 people. Our plan would see these people retrained and support given to establish sustainable timber plantations.
Scientists have declared that all logging in Leadbeaters’ Possum habitat must cease for the species to survive. Locals, scientists, environmentalists and everyday Victorians have joined the campaign for the Great Forest National Park, a 355,000 hectare protected area which would combine existing smaller parks, logging zones and state forests.
The GFNP would draw thousands of tourists into regional Victoria, generate hundreds of sustainable jobs and add more than $70 million to the local economy every year, according to a report conducted by the Nous Group.
Protecting our native forests will also protect Melbourne’s world-famous clean water and act as a carbon store in large trees. The transition to plantation timber and the withdrawal of VicForests from our native forests is vital to our long-term future.
We strongly support the protection of our beautiful native forests for biodiversity protection, for tourism, for water catchment preservation, for carbon stores and for our future generations.
- Recognise that VicForests has an unsustainable business model.
- Support the transition from native forests jobs and products to commercial plantation jobs and products.
- Create the Great Forest National Park for the protection of the Leadbeater’s Possum. the Greater Glider and other endangered species.
Authorised by S. Ratnam, 45 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000