Victorian Rainforest Network



Victorian Rainforest Network

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About the Victorian Rainforest Network

The primary aim of the Victorian Rainforest Network (VRN) is to secure the effective conservation of rainforests on public land throughout Victoria by ensuring rainforests are adequately identified and protected from logging practices by appropriate buffers and/or permanent reservation.

VRN is an independent and politically unaligned network of rainforest enthusiasts, researchers and activists with a shared interest in rainforest conservation and education across Victoria.

VRN has made significant progress. Find out.

VRN draws from the experiences of the Otway Ranges Environment Network (OREN) rainforest campaign in the Otways. See the Otway experience.

VRN is simply asking Government to follow their own rules.

A lot of the work VRN has engaged in, involves scrutinising the complex levels of bureaucratic planning that goes into developing buffers to protect rainforest from clearfell logging practices.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) already have planning processes in place to apply buffers to rainforest. However the conflict between conservation and logging, means progress to implement adequate buffers has historically been either extremely slow or stalled.

However VRN has been successfully in lobbying for increased rainforest protection in Victoria! See details.

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Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

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Date of known website activity

December 2009

Known reason for group inactivity

Unknown. No recent update on website and no known social media presence.

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Victorian Rainforest Network has put considerable effort into Government process since 2004 to get outcomes for East Gippsland rainforests. As a key stakeholder group, VRN has directly influenced the Victorian Government 2006 East Gippsland policies by a combination of lobby and input into govermnment processes.
VRN has contributed submissions to key Government reviews. These include: Code of Forest Practices for Timber Harvesting review (see submission), Steedman and Gooding East Gippsland review, Rainforest Action Statement as a part of the Fauna and Fauna Guarantee Act. (see submission).
The Code of Forest Practices review process recognised that the Core Rainforest Sites of National Significance(RSOS) should be protect from logging. VRN issued a press release welcoming the Code review decision as a step in the right direction.
The Code Review outcome helped inform the Steedman and Gooding process, who then recommended that National RSOS be included as icon areas(see list) and to be added to the National Park system.
Finally in July 2009, the Rainforest Action Statement was released with increased levels of protection for rainforest. (Note: Legislated protection)

The protection of more rainforest in East Gippsland has been based on scientifically sound justifications that have gone through many review processes. VRN input into these processes was instrumental in getting rainforest issues included as a part of the ALP 2006 East Gippsland forset policy.

It has been a very long paper trail and much good faith that a number of forest activists have undertaken, working with the government process rather than confrontation.

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