Eco-defence is a major issue in Victoria with logging of old growth forests continuing in the Otways and East Gippsland, and freeway extensions planned through wetland areas. It is the direct action of so called radical fringe groups who are occupying the forests that have given political power to conservation groups and kept the fight for native forests alive and kicking.

Blockading was born in the forest, using techniques such as tri-pods, lock-ons, climbing and occupation that are also used in urban blockades. Other direct action methods were created to deal specifically with eco-defence such as tree spiking, chaining and tree platforms to name a few. There are many aspects to forest blockades that vary from urban blockades, particularly because forest blockades occur away from public scrutiny and are often of a much longer duration than those in the city. However, we don’t have much information to share on these topics because all the people who know about forest blockading are IN THE FOREST. Naturally.

The best way to find out more is to contact forest action groups listed below, or green websites listed in Tasty Treats.. The most useful thing we can say for you to get involved in defending our forests is : GO THERE NOW.

If you need transport or more information, contact GECO or FoE.

GECO (Goongerah Environment Centre) for Goolengook and Survey Road blockades in East Gippsland.

Foe (Friends of the Earth) for Info on forest actions and transport etc.

OREN (Otway Ranges Environment Network)


Who’s logging?

The fight for the environment doesn’t just take place in the forest, but also in the public arena, in the offices of those who perpetuating the destruction, and the outlets that distribute their products. Australian forests aren’t dying, they’re being killed, and the murderers have names and addresses.

Here are some of their names (this information is for the exclusive use of any action deemed appropriate by your own authority, and to be used with your discretion):

Amcor (Reflex, Renew, Copyright, Australian Copy Paper): pulps high quality forests including Central Highlands, to make paper.

AMP: has permits to clear old growth bush land and forest for animal grazing.

Boral: second largest exporter of native forest wood chips in Australia.

Bunnings: log 400 year old Karri and Jarra forest in W.A. whcih is exported to Japan for woodchipping.

Carter Holt Harvey (Sorbent, Petal, Earthcare): use native forest fibre in their products

Fletcher Challenge: logging radiata pine plantation sin S.A. using herbicides, responsible for ground water contamination and toxic spills.

Gunn: Has just bought North thus making it the largest logging conglomerate in the world.

Harris-Daishowa: fully Japanese owned, sources 1 mill. tonnes of woodchips from S.A. and East Gippsland.

Kimberly-Clark (Kleenex, Wondersoft, Huggies, Thick Thirsty): make their products from native forests including the Central Highlands.

Mitsubishi: on e of the world largest loggers of tropical rainforests.

Mitre 10: logs in the Otways.

North Ltd.: world’s largest woodchipping limited, main source Tasmania. Linked with Jabiluka uranium mine. The CEO of North is President of Greening Australia, Chair of Parks Victoria and President of the board of the Victorian EPA.,

Wesfarmers: logs Karri and Jarra and Marri in W.A.


An excellent info resource, in reference to logging in water catchments, can be found at