Governments justify native forest logging by promising that they “regrow” or “regenerate” the forests “like for like”. This promise underpins the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) signed by the Commonwealth and Victoria. It is used to justify exempting native forest logging from federal environment laws.
This report presents new evidence that contradicts these claims, exposing for the first time how Victoria’s state logging agency is failing to regrow forests – despite its claims to be doing so.
VicForests claims that fewer than 15% of logged coupes fail to regenerate within three years at “first attempt”. In fact, this three-year benchmark applies not to forests but to eucalypt seedlings, and the failure rate is 30%, twice what VicForests claims. In Mountain Ash forests, the failure rate is over 50%.
The report finds:
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