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Multiple problems with state logging agency, damning audit reveals

An independent audit of Victoria’s state logging operations has found multiple problems, including failures to adequately survey for threatened species, identify old-growth forest or contain post-logging burns.

Months after abandoning its latest attempt in a decade-long effort to gain sustainability certification from the Forest Stewardship Council Australia (FSC), Vicforests quietly released the council’s audit report, completed in June, on the agency’s website.

The FSC investigation by independent auditors found VicForests failed to survey for threatened species at both the coupe and landscape level, including consistently failing to detect and protect Leadbeater’s possums and greater gliders.

A protester (top, right) sits in a tree during recent disruptions to logging in Victoria's native forests.

A protester (top, right) sits in a tree during recent disruptions to logging in Victoria’s native forests.

Large, ecologically-mature trees with hollows – used for habitat by endangered species – were observed to have been harvested or pushed over, auditors said.

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