Special Session: Toolangi, tales from the forest.

When: Tuesday 28 October 2014, 6.30-8pm
Venue: The Alderman (upstairs) 134 Lygon St East Brunswick
Format: 45 minute panel discussion, 45 minute open discussion
Speakers: Sarah Rees, Trent Patton and Chris Taylor

(special seminar)

Tuesday 28 October 2014; 6:30 – 8pm

Toolangi, tales from the forest.
Sarah Rees (FSC, MyEnvironment), Trent Patton (wildlife surveyor) and Chris Taylor (Melb Uni)
Just 60km from the centre of Melbourne, the Toolangi State Forest plays a vital role in regulating the quality and quantity of our water, providing storage of carbon and mitigating bushfire intensity. Harbouring some of the world’s tallest trees, the forest is a last remaining habitat of endangered species including our state emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum. Yet, state-sanctioned logging practices are pushing this delicate eco-system towards imminent collapse.

Why have successive governments failed to protect the irreplaceable Central Highland environment, and what can we as the community do about it? In this special session, a panel of passionate experts and activists share their concerns and invite solutions for the disaster that’s brewing in your local native forests.

  • Sarah Rees is FSC board director and on the Great Forest National Park steering committee. Sarah is also the director of MyEnvironment, a legal group that has mounted legal challenges to old-growth logging in Toolangi.
  • Trent Patton is a wildlife surveyor whose work employs the most advanced technological means of documenting the rare and diverse species living in Toolangi’s complex and fragile habitat.
  • Dr. Chris Taylor is a research fellow at the Global Change Institute and an honorary research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. His recent research shows that mature forests lessen the severity and intensity of bushfires.


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