The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act is the State legislation
that is supposed to protect plants, animals and rare communities,
and mininise processes that threaten these. This legislation is
failing to protect against logging practices in the Otways.
The Otway Forest Management Plan provides prescriptions
and guildlines to manage the publicly owned Otway State forest for
all forest values. Mis-use of the plan by Forestry Victoria has
resulted in failure to protect forest values.
The West Regional Forest Agreement is an 'agreement' between
the Victorian and Commonwealth governments that allows the woodchip
industry to clearfell log the remaining forests in Western Victoria.
It is not an agreement with the people of Victoira and totaly fails
to protect forests and forest values.
This reviewed what rate of logging is "sustainable" for
the Otway. It found there is inadequate information to calculate
a sustainable rate of logging, and that the calculated amount of
logging doesn't not take into account other forest values - eg.
water biodiversity, tourism etc.
Legislation is used to control people who
are opposed to logging. Legislation has been used to excluded the
public from the forests and prevent the community from physically
preventing clearfell logging of public native forest.
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