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Zoos Victoria spot on with letter to VicForests

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Janet Rice 19 Jun 2015

Zoos Victoria spot on with letter to VicForests

The Greens have applauded Zoos Victoria’s stand on destructive logging in Victoria’s Central Highlands, backing their position that the best way to ensure the survival of critically endangered species is the creation of the Great Forest National Park.

“Vicforests is leading the destruction of the our native forests and overseeing the extinction of some of our most at-risk animals like the Leadbeater’s Possum,” said the Australian Greens forests spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“The Great Forest National Park is the only sensible way forward.

“We’ve heard this from scientists, local residents and conservationists like Sir David Attenborough.

“Now we see it in this letter from one of the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisations directly to VicForests.

“The Andrews government must take Zoos Victoria’s advice and make the Great Forest National Park a reality.”

The correspondence from Zoos Victoria to VicForests also highlights the perils of inclusion of the burning of wood from native forests in the Renewable Energy Target.

“This letter makes it clear that the current logging regime is not ecologically sustainable,” said Senator Rice.

“It is this ecologically unsustainable clearfelling that creates the waste which is going to be burnt for so called 'renewable' energy. 

“The only renewable thing about the deal on the RET is the renewal of taxpayer-funded VicForests contracts to keep destroying our forests, our endangered animals and our communities. 

 

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