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Australian Forests and Climate Alliance

The AFCA purpose is to help empower environmental organisations and communities to affect change and to provide a common voice to encourage decision makers and industry to act to protect, connect and restore native forests for biodiversity, our climate, water and wildlife. We educate and establish networks by liaising with other groups, public, government and industry. We encourage a transition to ecologically sensitive forest stewardship and support this transition by managing relevant projects funded by in kind, government, corporate, or public donation.

If you are part of a community conservation organisations that is actively working to protect Australia’s biodiverse native forests, contact us to become a member of the alliance. Check out the Take Action page of our website to see how you can be involved as an individual.

Bellingen Activists Network

B.A.N is a grassroots network of many groups and individuals, driving community-led resistance and direct action against colonial destruction on Gumbaynggirr Country. Our primary focus is solidarity with the Gumbaynggirr people and their calls for support on the ground. We are dedicated to protecting land, water and communities from colonial destruction across a wide range of issues. We are fighting to end logging by NSW Forestry Corporation at camp Newry.

Sign up through the link in our instagram bio to receive alerts and information about how you can get involved.

Gumbaynggirr Country
New South Wales

Environment East Gippsland

EEG is the longest running community forest group working solely for the protection of Victoria's last and largest area of ancient forest. As a locally based group we play a vital role in information gathering on the local logging industry and badgering our 'forest managers'. We also network closely with both regional, state an national environment groups, feeding vital information as far and effectively as possible. Activities include: playing watchdogs and exposing the mismanagement of our forests; carrying out threatened species surveys in forests earmarked for logging; campaigning against the clear felling and woodchipping of our native forests; educating the public about our native flora and fauna and threats to their survival; attempting to make the Victorian government accountable for its unsustainable forest management; and agitating for the shift of the logging industry into plantations Seeking an environmentally and economically sustainable future for all.

To get involved, come and visit! Come to the Forests Forever camp held each year in April and learn about the forest and campaign, become a member of EEG and receive the 16 page quarterly newsletter with non-mainstream news and updates. Stay tuned to the website or bulletin for all the forest news and opportunities to take action.

Environment Tasmania

Environment Tasmania is the state's conservation council, dedicated to the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of Tasmania's natural environment. We represent 24 conservation groups in the state and provide a professional voice for Tasmania's conservation movement. We produce research reports on forest conservation and climate, run a marine program and restoration projects in high conservation forests.

We are always looking for people who want to get involved in our marine and forest projects and also need a video editor. Get in touch through our website to volunteer, sign up for the latest news or come to an event.

lutruwita (Tasmania)

Fauna and Flora Research Collective

FFRC is one hundred percent volunteer run collective engaged primarily in surveying for and reporting on the presence of threatened species and communities within Victoria’s public forests that are subject to logging. The primary focus of our research attends to the provisions within current legislation that aim to provide some protection for some of Victoria’s most threatened flora, fauna and ecological communities. FFRC carries out on the ground surveys, identifies threatened species and makes reports and submissions to the Victorian government in an effort to prevent illegal logging in endangered species habitat, rainforest and high conservation value forests and gain long term protection of our forest ecosystems.

Get in touch to take part in on the ground surveys or research, or take part in campaigns to lobby the government to end native forest logging.

Forest Conservation Victoria

Forest Conservation Victoria is a grassroots group that is taking a stand against the destructive logging that is happening all over Victoria. We practice non-violent direct action to campaign for permanent protection of forests and wildlife.

Support us at forest actions and join in training to skill up to protect forests.

Wurundjeri, Taungurung and Gunaikurnai Country
Victoria

Friends of Leadbeater's Possum

Leadbeater’s Possum is Victoria’s State Faunal emblem. An endangered species with both State and National Recovery Programs in place. Endemic to Victoria, they exist nowhere else but the Central Highlands forests, Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve and alpine areas between Lake Mountain and Mt. Baw Baw. Population estimates prior to the 2009 bushfires were around 2,000-2,500 individuals, post-fire estimates are less than 1,000. Approximately 45% of their prime habitat and population was lost in the 2009 fires. Leadbeater’s Possums population and habitat is suffering from ongoing clearfell logging (including salvage logging) and bushfire prevention methods like fuel breaks and fuel reduction burning. We are actively working towards achieving the proposed Great Forest National Park to provide security to Leadbeater’s Possum populations into the future. Together we hope to be able to help Leadbeater’s survive in the wild by developing public awareness, conservation efforts, research programs and effective conservation strategies and policies.

Get involved! Throughout the year we regularly go out into the field. This includes activities in the forest which cater to a range of physical abilities including stag watching from November to March, habitat revegetation or tree planting when appropriate (May), and nest box installation and checking in autumn and spring.

GECO

GECO is a grassroots environment organisation based in East Gippsland. We are dedicated to protecting the remaining old growth forests of the region, primarily through direct action. WE monitor logging operations, identify breaches, carry out wildlife monitoring and raise public awareness about the importance of old growth forests. Volunteers at GECO write many submissions to government on the logging industry and prepare reports on endangered species research.

People are always welcome to come to Goongerah and help with the campaign. There is no “environment centre” as such any more. People usually camp at the Goongerah campground, on the beautiful Brodribb River. If you want to find out more about how to help, email or facebook us.

Victoria

Great Eastern Ranges Initiative

The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative works with landholders, government and NGOs to create a corridor of connected ecosystems from central Victoria right up to Far North Queensland. Australia’s biodiversity cannot be conserved adequately in the public reserve system. Past expectations were that we might be able to conserve nature in protected areas, such as national parks, state forests, nature parks and conservation reserves. We now recognise that even the largest protected areas act as ‘islands’ of habitat surrounded by lands managed for agriculture, industry or human settlement. The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative has been developed to provide functional links between these protected areas. These links will support ecological processes such as seasonal dispersal or migration of native species and long term adaptation of ecosystems.

Whether it be by volunteering for one of our partner organisations, attending our events, doing a research project with one of our partner universities, or simply by connecting with us online, there are an extraordinary number of ways to get involved in this landscape-scale conservation project.

New South Wales

Kinglake Friends of the Forests

Kinglake Friends of the Forest is a not for profit environment organisation established for people who want to learn about, discuss and advocate for the preservation of the native forests in Kinglake and the Central Highlands. We carry out this work through a number of avenues: political, community and legal. On 4 November 2022 Kinglake Friends of the Forests and Environment East Gippsland heard that we had won our Glider Cases against VicForests, protecting much of Victoria's eastern forests. Following this win, the Victorian government announced that logging would end in these forests in January 2024.

We continue to work towards the protection of these forests from continuing threats such as "salvage" logging and inappropriate burning. Join in our massively fun and successful citizen science activities and come and experience these beautiful forests.

Taungurung and Wurundjeri Country
Victoria

Knitting Nannas of Toolangi

We protest peacefully against the destruction of our beautiful native forests, especially around Toolangi in the Central Highland of Victoria where the leadbeater's possum faces extinction because logging continues in the small area that's left where they live. Recent changes to legislation that effectively exclude protesters from logging coupes for a distance of 150 metres have inspired us to knit a scarf 150 metres long.

Get knitting with us and join our efforts to protect our beautiful forests.

Victoria

Lawyers for Forests

LFF was established in 2001 in response to growing concern among members of the legal community about the continuing destruction of the last remaining old-growth and high conservation value native forests in Australia. LFF promotes the conservation and better management of Australia's native forests and aims to increase the accountability of government and business for their forest management policies. We provide pro bono legal advice and representation to persons charged with offences related to environment and undertake law reform and policy development activities to further our objectives and purposes. We encourage a reduction in overall usage of non-renewable resources and their substitution by more environmentally friendly items.

We are always looking for more lawyers to become members. We also accept law students as members. Please contact us through our website or by writing to LFF.

MyEnvironment

MyEnvironment is a hub for the latest information on community projects, science, environmental philanthropy, environmental law and green design in Australia. We bring people and ideas together for the conservation of Australia’s natural places through science, law, design and the community. We brought to government attention many breaches by VicForests (state run logging company), problems with management and unlawful logging activity and have successfully protected parts of the Central Highlands including habitat for the endangered ledbeaters possum. We have taken VicForests to the Supreme court over logging of endangered species habitat.

We are campaigning for a Giant Forest National Park to save the last remnants of old growth forest in the Central Highlands.

North East Forest Alliance

NEFA has been protecting old growth forests in North East NSW for over 21 years through community campaigns and direct action. The NSW Government is now proposing gutting the existing protections for threatened species and prescriptions to stop excessive erosion, while removing protection for heritage, and from grazing and other uses. They are intending removing restrictions on clearfelling and logging on excessively steep slopes. It will be open season on exclusion areas already identified for threatened species and Endangered Ecological Communities will be up for logging. This will be a disaster for north-east NSW's public lands, the extent of which will only fully be revealed by the EPA’s detailed plans in a couple of months.

Check the NEFA website for action alerts, submissions and an incredibly comprehensive news archive of NSW forest coverage. Get involved in community campaigns in specific regions.

New South Wales

Otway Ranges Environment Network

Clearfell logging and woodchipping of all native forest on public land in the Otways is now banned and illegal. After a seven year community campaign driven by the Otway Ranges Environment Network (OREN 1995 - 2002) followed by a six year phase out period (2002-2008), the last truck load of trees for export woodchips was removed in May 2008. After the November 2002 Victorian State election, priority was given to immediately ban clearfell logging in the Geelong water supply catchments and high conservation forests on the south face of the Otways. Before 2002, clearfell logging for woodchips was planned to occur across all the Otways under a Regional Forest Agreement until at least the year 2020. A total ban on Otway woodchipping is unprecedented. The Otways represents the only high rainfall tall forest region in Australia, where an existing and well established native forest woodchip industry for both the domestic (to make Kleenex tissues) and export markets has been totally removed.

Check out the OREN website to see how a successful forest campaign was run.

Victoria

Our Strathbogie Forest

Help us stop planned burns killing hundreds of greater gliders. Following a successful campaign to protect our forests from logging, we have now launched a legal challenge against the State of Victoria to halt several planned burns in the Strathbogie Forest. We desperately need your financial help to fund the legal costs of the court case. If the case is successful, it might reduce or stop planned burns in areas critical to the survival of endangered species like the Greater Glider, not just in the Strathbogies, but likely across Victoria and Australia.

It is well known that the Strathbogie Forest in north-east Victoria is a stronghold for the endangered Greater Glider.

Please donate to our chuffed campaign, help spread the word and come and see this beautiful forest. Take part in one of the most successful citizen science campaigns in Victoria.

Taungurung Country
Victoria

South East Region Conservation Alliance

SERCA is an alliance of conservation groups from the south coast of New South Wales. It is focussed on native forests that provide essential solutions in climate change, water and bio-diversity. SERCA campaigns for forest protection and for the Tasmanian Statement of Principles to be used as a basis for reform of native forestry in NSW. SECA opposes the use of native forest biomass for electricity generation or any other industrial uses. SERCA serves as the principal regional voice and advocate for the south east forests in media and other public spheres and makes submissions to government discussion papers to effect the outcome of forest policy.

SERCA invites any local environment group, or groups of citizens, or individuals concerned over environmental planning decisions and quality of life issues, to join us.

New South Wales

The Wilderness Society

TWS is a national, community-based, environmental advocacy organisation whose purpose is protecting, promoting and restoring wilderness and natural processes across Australia for the survival and ongoing evolution of life on Earth. Since its formation in 1976, TWS has achieved the secure protection of over eight million hectares of wilderness and other high conservation value areas in Australia. TWS works through the avenues of public education and empowerment, advocacy and negotiation, and desk and field research. TWS is politically unaligned, but uses democratic processes to maximise wise conservation decisions.

Wilderness Action Group (WAG) meets every Tuesday night in Melbourne at 6.30pm. Check in with your local group if you don't live in Victoria. People with a wide range of skills, backgrounds and experience welcome. Dedicate as much time as you wish, or just come along for an update.

New South Wales
Western Australia
Queensland
South Australia
lutruwita (Tasmania)
Victoria

Victorian Forest Alliance

Did you know native forests are still being logged in Victoria - mostly for wood chips which end up as cheap paper and card board products? We're fighting to stop the destruction. The alliance brings together more than 38 well-established grassroots forest groups actively protecting native forests across Victoria. Collectively, we have decades of experience working with our local communities.

Sign up to our news bulletin to hear about forest news, actions and events taking place across the state. If your group is working towards the protection of forests to restore ecosystems, protect wildlife and a safe climate, become a member.

Wurundjeri Country
Victoria

Warburton Environment

Warburton Environment is a small community organisation that carries out education, takes guided forest walks, hosts guest speakers and art exhibitions to protect the spectacular native forests surrounding the area that are subject to intensive logging. Warburton Environment put out a beautiful annual calendar with environmental awareness and sustainability information to raise funds for the forest.

Contact the group through Facebook or at community events in Warburton to get involved.

Western Australian Forest Alliance

The WA Forest Alliance was formed in 1990 to provide an umbrella body for the many community organisations in Perth and throughout the south-west concerned with forest conservation. We are dedicated to the protection of WA’s native forests and woodlands and an end to the logging, thinning and clearing of our public forests and woodlands. It is time for WA’s karri and jarrah forests to be protected and for the timber industry to complete the transition into sustainably managed plantations and farm forestry. A timber industry restructured in this way will be in the best environmental, social and economic interests of the State. The WA Forest Alliance has 20 member groups.

Please sign the online petition and share the link with your networks, volunteer or donate.

Western Australia

Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH)

Wildlife of the Central Highlands is a grassroots organisation working towards the protection of Victoria’s native forests and their flora, fauna and ecological values by means of citizen science, collaboration and community engagement.The Central Highlands of Victoria are located 90 minutes north-east of Melbourne. Here, you can find forests of towering Mountain Ash: the tallest flowering plants in the world. These forest are the most carbon-dense on the planet and host a suite of unique and rare wildlife.

The tragedy of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires devastated a vast area of the Central Highlands. Despite this, clear-fell logging still continues within the Central Highlands, further imposing the threat of extinction on the native wildlife of the forest.

Come to the forest with us and learn how to spotlight for wildlife, write up reports and send them to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to try and protect them. Join in the campaign to end logging in our native forests.

Victoria

Wombat Action Group

Grassroots advocacy group, campaigning to protect Wombat State Forest, on lands of the Kulin Nation, from commercial logging by engaging, educating and empowering community to take direct action.

Please follow Wombat Action Group on Facebook to keep up with events and actions. Contact us at to get
Involved all kinds of others ways.

Kulin Nation
Victoria

Wombat Forestcare

Wombat Forestcare is a community group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural ecosystems of the Wombat Forest and surrounding areas. The Wombat Forest contains a diverse range of native plants and animals, including a number that are listed as rare or threatened, such as Powerful Owl and the Wombat Bush Pea. As well as these natural values, the Wombat is a significant water catchment area, giving rise to six rivers.

Wombat Forestcare engages in a range of activities. These have a strong focus on community involvement and education, and include undertaking flora and fauna surveys. We also enjoy the social aspect of a forest group, with picnics and bushwalks for people who love being in the bush. Join our email list to get involved.

Dja Dja Wurrung Country
Victoria
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