Log an endangered forest and lose taxpayers’ money doing it

The crazy truth VicForests is hiding

VicForests found six threatened or endangered species in the first little area of Alberton West State Forest they felled.
They admit it’s one of their lowest-profit coupes and, unbelievably, they lost $20 million on logging last year alone – a bill picked up by taxpayers.
If they’re logging here, they will log anything, anywhere.

Welcome to the forest

South Gippsland’s hidden gem

You’ll find Alberton West State forest just north of Wilson’s Promontory in South Gippsland

Feeding Corner Inlet, its RAMSAR wetlands and Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park, the forest is a biodiversity keystone.

It’s quite a small forest but, untouched by wholesale logging or bushfires for generations, has been recognised as a sanctuary for many of Gippsland’s most endangered species.

The forest is loved by local horse and bike riders, as well as bushwalkers.

Eight extraordinary species

VicForests’ own surveys found six species that it categorizes as threatened, endangered or critically endangered. Somehow, they missed the endangered five-foot long lace monitor. Head to the Environment page to see them for yourself.

The cold, hard numbers show Victorian taxpayers are subsidising the bulldozers

VicForests, which sells native timber, is owned by the Victorian government and it’s losing millions of dollars. Last year’s annual report shows it lost about $20 million. How does it keep operating? Victorian taxpayers are covering its losses at a cost of $18 million in 2020 and almost $19 million in 2019.

Yes, we are all paying VicForests to make a loss cutting down our local forests.

Find out how much it’s costing taxpayers to send the bulldozers into Alberton West State Forest.

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