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VRN has created overlays that work within Google Earth to help expose native forest logging issues in Victoria.


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Baw Baw frog's story about its possible extinction.

brass tap story of how logging in the Melbourne water supply catchments is reducing water supply.

Check rainforest buffers next to clearfell logged areas. See for yourself if logging breached government rainforest buffer guidelines.

Use Google Earth to go on an export woodchip tour from the forests of East Gippsland to the huge industrial pulp mills in Japan (owned by Nippon Paper) via the export mill in Geelong called Midway Pty Ltd.


Rainforest in Victoria.

When asked the question "what is rainforest?", many people think about lush tropical rainforests of northern Australia or in other countries such as the Amazon Jungle.

However it may come as a surprise to know that in Victoria there are three major distinct types of rainforest:

  1. Cool Temperate Rainforest
  2. Warm Temperate Rainforest
  3. Mixed Cool Temperate Rainforest

Rainforest in Victoria is rare, covering only 0.14% or 32,000 hectares of Victoria's total area. Although relatively small in overall size, these rainforests are the home to 30% of all Victoria's rare or threatened flora species.

Most of this rainforest is concentrated in just four regions: the Otways, the Central Highlands, South Gippsland and East Gippsland.

Click on a region to find out about rainforest in that location. Otways South Gippsland - Wilsons Prom Central Highlands South Gippsland East Gippsland

The darker green vegetation in the valleys are extensive stands of Warm Temperate Rainforest found on the Tarra Range which is North West of Orbost. This rainforest is within Rainforest Site of Significance 35. A clearfell logged area can be seen on the top of the ridge. (Image from Google Earth.)

Victorian rainforests of today have not only survived recent European land clearing, logging and wildfires, they have also survived great climatic changes on the Australian continent over hundreds of millions of years.

The small remnant rainforests in Victoria now grow predominantly in sheltered south facing gullies in fertile and high rainfall areas. The greatest threats to rainforest are wildfires and human activities (such as clearfell logging) that increase the probability that rainforest plant communities will be destroyed by wildfire if appropriate buffers are not put in place. Rainforest is an extremely important and irreplaceable part of the Victorian natural landscape.

Once lost, lost forever!

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Errinundra in East Gippsland is a hotspot for rainforest, including the Errinundra National Park (red boundary line) and the Errinundra plateau. Cool Temperate Rainforest (shown as bright green) grows at a higher altitude while Warm Temperate Rainforest (light green ) grows at a lower elevation. Rainforest generally grows in sheltered south facing moist gullies where the rainforest plant communities are shaded from the sun and have a better chance of not being burnt by bushfires.


The cumulative affect of clearfell logging around rainforest in East Gippsland over the past 35 years. Pink areas were logged in the past 15 years and dull green areas logged in the past 15 to 30 years. (Image from Google Earth.)

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December 2009
Bi-partisan political support for legislation to protect 45,000 ha of icon
East Gippsland forests.

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June 2009
Rainforest Action Statement released.
Logging stopped in Rainforest Sites of National significance.

December 2005
Great Otway National Park protects all Otway rainforest sites of significance

EPA logging audit exposes rainforest mismanagement.