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Recent information from WOTCH (Wildlife of the Central Highlands) suggests that VicForests propose to log 14 sections of the Tallarook State Forest in the near future.

The Tallarook State Forest is one of the few forests in Victoria spared by the raging 2019/20  bushfires and is home to several threatened and fire ravaged species, including the vulnerable Powerful Owl and Southern Greater Glider. Due to the continual destruction of native habitats, it is highly likely that there are many other endangered species not yet recorded in the forest. 

VicForests has a track record in poor forest management, consistently failing to meet FSC standards. Even if endangered species are found to reside in the 14 sections of the Tallarook State Forest, 60% of their habitat will be torn down. Bunnings refuses the sale of VicForest timber due to their unsustainable practices. 

Furthermore, the quality and size of the timber in the Tallarook State Forest is generally is not of saw log size. This means that the clear felling and destruction of the Tallarook State Forest would be for wood for pulp only.

The existing forest areas are so valuable in conservation, education and recreation that the forest as it stands has far more value than subsidised clear-felling and the environmental disaster that will ensue for many years to follow.

Sign this petition to let VicForests and your local MP know that the proposed logging of the Tallarook State Forest is simply unacceptable and immediate action must be taken to stop its destruction. 

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