Strathbogie State Forest was recently declared an Immediate Protection Area by the Victorian Government in recognition of its importance for protecting the nationally endangered Southern Greater Glider.

Despite this, planned burns by the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) will degrade upwards of 1300 hectares of crucial habitat in the Strathbogie Forest, this year alone. 400 threatened Southern Greater Gliders are expected to perish in the burns.

Read more by Our Strathbogie Forest group here 

Sign the Animal Justice Party petition here 



Congratulations to Sophie Torney who had her first letter published today.

If you are interested in writing letters to newspapers and politicians as a form of climate action visit our Take Action page and sign up for the Letter Writers Working Group. We’ll get in touch for a chat.

You can also join this Forests Working Group on the same Take Action page.

DAVID LINDENMAYER on logging and fire

(Herald Sun 15/3/2023)

David Lindenmayer is arguably the world’s leading forest ecologist. You can read his amazing CV here.

In this article, David explains how logging and current forest management make our forests more fire-prone. He suggests three solutions.

DON’T MISS this upcoming informative webinar

Don’t miss Victorian Forest Alliance’s webinar this Thursday night at 7 pm on Thu 16 March.
Jennifer Sanger is the author of Victoria’s Forest Carbon Report
Also presenting is Magaret Blakers, environmental activist, political adviser and champion of Australia’s forests


When is a nature reserve not a nature reserve? When it’s already been burned and logged


The ANU’s Professor David Lindenmayer and Chris Taylor have published a disturbing report in The Conversation.

Victoria’s Immediate Protection Areas (IPAs) are designed to conserve forest biodiversity in Victoria. The study found that IPAs didn’t do what they were supposed to do. The protected areas were small, and well short of the area needed to adequately conserve threatened species. Many IPAs were established in forests already burned, logged, or both, meaning their value as habitat was limited.

Lindenmayer and Taylor compared the known and mapped ranges of threatened species against the new conservation reserve areas. The results were sobering. The full article can be found here.

New Report: Trees for Health


Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) and WWF-Australia have launched a major new report on the growing evidence connecting trees and forests to human physical and mental health.

Trees boost our physical and mental health, filter our air and water, provide homes for pollinators that underpin much of our food supplies, cool our communities, help protect us from infectious diseases , connect to Country, help curb climate change- the biggest threat to health this century, and more.

But they’re facing major challenges from deforestation and land clearing. It’s essential that we protect them- for our health’s sake.

Read the full report HERE and read the media release HERE

You can join the Lighter Footprints Stop Logging Save Forests Working Group here.

Recent forest letters


Here is a small selection of published letters on the value of forests and the damage done by logging written by our letter writers.

New Environment Minister welcomed 


In December 2022, Ingrid Stitt MLC, Member for Western Metropolitan, became Minister for Environment taking over from Lily D’Ambrosio. Ms Stitt is also Minister for Early Childhood and Pre-Prep.

Lighter Footprints welcomed Ms Stitt to her new role with a letter and copy of The Great Forest: The rare beauty of the Victorian Central Highlands by David Lindenmayer.

Great Forests book cover

Welcome letter

The Hon. Ms Ingrid Stitt  MLC
Victorian Minister for Environment
27 February 2023

Dear Ms Stitt,

Congratulations on your appointment as Victoria’s Minister for Environment. The diversity of Victoria’s natural environment is exceptional, ranging from floral-rich deserts in the northwest to the tall forests in the central highlands and the beautiful coastal parks.

Lighter Footprints is a community group based in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. For fifteen years we have advocated for the environment and worked closely with all levels of government. For example, we are working with the City of Boroondara on the Electrify Boroondara project. We also hold monthly events which can be found on our website[1].

Given the devastating fires in 2009 and 2019-2020, and the more frequent and extreme weather events made worse by climate change, our forests and the animals within them are under increasing threat. As you know, over 2,000 species and habitat communities are currently listed as threatened under Victoria’s Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act[2].

While we applaud Victoria’s three new national parks: The Wombat-Lerderderg National Park, Mount Buangor National Park and the Pyrenees National Park, we are deeply concerned that our native forests are still being logged. The role of Victoria’s native forests in storing carbon, providing habitat, and protecting Melbourne’s water supply should not be underestimated[3]. We commend to you the recent report, Victoria’s Forest Carbon: An Opportunity for Action on Climate Change.

On behalf of Lighter Footprints, we wish you all the best in your role as Minister for Environment. We hope that you enjoy The Great Forest book and are inspired to advocate for the Great Forest National Park. What an asset we have on our doorstep.

We also hope you will find a way to stop the logging of Victoria’s remaining native forests as soon as possible. The time is right. 2030 is far too late.

We look forward to working with you in the future.




You can join the Lighter Footprints Stop Logging Save Forests Working Group here.

Momentum is growing


After a well-attended February event, momentum within the newly formed Lighter Footprints Forest Action group is growing. To join us, please sign up here. Informed citizens always make better advocates and we alert you to two important upcoming events.

Event 1 Tues 7th March, 6.30-8.00pm, 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

The right to peaceful protest and citizen science activities near forest logging sites

We support the Wilderness Society that “peaceful protest and the right to
protest—especially in public places—is a central pillar of a healthy democracy”

The current laws are draconian. 

Late last year the Victorian Government passed laws enabling penalties of up to $21,000 to
apply to individuals or groups participating in citizen science activities and/or peaceful
protest near forest logging sites.

You’re invited to a forum on Tuesday, 7 March 6:30–8 pm on the right to organise
for climate and the environment facilitated and organised by our friends at
Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO).

This is an opportunity to learn more about what these changes to the law mean for
peaceful protest, nature and climate and what you can do.

At this forum, you’ll hear from four passionate and well-informed speakers:

  • Marjorie Thorpe Proud Gunnaikurnai woman
  • Godfrey Moase Executive Director at the United Workers Union
  • Natalie Hogan Ecosystems lawyer with Environmental Justice Australia
  • Tuffy Morwitzer Campaigner for the Goongerah Environment Centre

When: Tuesday 7 March, 6:30–8.00 pm
Where: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Carson Conference Centre, 535
Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
Access: Wheelchair accessible and Auslan interpreted.
RSVP is essențial. Register here

Event 2: March 16th, 7.00-8.30pm Online

Victoria’s Forest Carbon Report

The Victorian Forest Alliance and The Tree Projects are holding a special presentation with Dr Jennifer Sanger author of the newly released Victoria’s Forest Carbon Report, with special guest TBA.
Jen will be presenting and discussing the findings of the report. This report is the first time that the emissions from native forest logging have been calculated and shared publicly. As this diagram shows, 60 per cent of forest biomass is burnt or left on site. Only 4 per cent survives long term as sawn timber.
Dr Jennifer Sanger is a passionate forest ecologist and science communicator. She has spent over 15 years studying forests and the charismatic plant species which inhabit them. Jennifer is the co-founder of The Tree Projects, an environmental outreach organisation which educates people about the world’s most notable trees. She is also a member of the Independent Science Council of Tasmania.
Second presenter TBA
Event programme:

7:00 pm Alana Mountain – Acknowledgement of Country
7:10 pm Chris Schuringa – Victorian Forest Alliance Introduction
7:20 pm Doctor Jennifer Sanger – Presenting the Carbon Report
7:50 pm Special guest TBA
8:10 pm Q&A
8:30 pm Finish

WHEN: March 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Online zoom

You can join the Lighter Footprints Stop Logging Save Forests Working Group here.

We must save our remaining native forests


Victoria is on the verge of a breakthrough. You can be part of it.

The Lighter Footprints Save Forests Stop Logging Working Group was formed in January 2023. It can help you actively support the current forest campaigns in Victoria, and keep you informed with up-to-date and timely posts.

At the end of this page, you will find how to join the Working group should you wish to be actively involved.

What’s happening with native forest logging in Victoria in February 2023?

The tone within the Victorian Forest Alliance (VFA) is positive, but there is still much work to do!

The court cases in late 2022 were a big win. Jill Redwood from Environment East Gippsland said she feels like we’re at a tipping point largely as a result of legal efforts/outcomes. 

The closure of the Maryvale Mill which is VicForests biggest customer is also important. Apparently, Maryvale Mill hasn’t made a profit since Nippon took it over in about 2012. But Nippon continues to use native forest timber to make pallets, so our advocacy is still required.

New Minister

After the Victorian State election in November 2022, Ingrid Stitt was appointed as the new Environment Minister. The reshuffle offers more opportunities to speak to our elected representatives and air our concerns regarding the consequences of logging our native forests with them. You can contact her directly here or modify the VFA prepared form.

Wombat State Forest needs help

After the June storm in 2022, 175 salvage coupes have been legally approved in the Wombat State Forest, of which 80 are in the proposed national park. Totally intact forest is being decimated. Read about the concerns of residents here.

The Alliance needs help in the Wombat-Lerderderg State Forest region. Nature is regenerating however VICFORESTS is logging. 

How can you help? 

  • support with donations to VFA
  • support by writing letters to MPs and letters to the editor and finding other opportunities to get the issue of logging into the media. Email MPs
  • attend rallies like the one on 7 February on the steps of the Victorian Parliament (see photos ) 
  • join citizen science actions looking for greater gliders and other protected species such as Mountain Leafless Bossiaea to help call off logging coupes.  
  • support legal actions
  • help Friends of the Earth and join a forest tour
  • there’s also a research and submissions program being run by GECO:  Goongerah Environment Centre Office is a grassroots group fighting for the protection of East Gippsland’s forests 
  • sign up for the GECO Easter Camp.
Excellent report

An easy way to get up to speed on Victoria’s forests is to download and read this recent 12-page report VICTORIA’S FOREST CARBON: An Opportunity for Action on Climate Change published by Dr Jennifer Sanger of The Tree Projects and the Victorian Forest Alliance in October 2022. As the report concludes, protecting native forests is climate action.

Information/websites for various groups working in this space:
Join us

To find out more about Lighter Footprints and the Save Forests Stop Logging Working Group visit the Take Action page here. To join the Save Forests Stop Logging Working Group, scroll down to the bottom of the page, complete the form and check Forests Working group.