A landmark court case is underway in Australia to stop the continued logging of this tiny possum.
Logging for 'Reflex' copy paper is reducing populations of the Leadbeater's as it destroys remnant live habitat. After the Black Saturday bush fires, populations of this possum halved to a meagre 1000 thought to persist in the wild. Logging is now taking place in the last forests and habitat forcing our small organisation to challenge the operations in the Supreme Court.
If we don't act now, we have lost this animal...again. Senior scientists like Professor David Lindnemayer of the Australian National University has stated that this species will be rendered functionally extinct from logging and climate impacts, as the old forests it requires to sustain covers less than 2% of its total forest area. In an internationally peer reviewed paper, Lindenmayer espouses that by 2065 all old growth forest will have collapsed unless succession planning is undertaken, that is all logging is stopped in highland forests.
However, Victoria's premier Ted Baillieu, rather than heed the warning of the world experts, has increased logging by removing laws that once protected this animals habitat. Victoria's government has also approved the logging of parks and reserves non a new timber strategy. The logging is causing a massive debt to taxpayers so the only rational explanation for this move is to repay his backers for electing him -the native forest woodchip sector.
Time has run out. We need a global response on this. Please contact me to find out more firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website www.myenvironment.net.au.
If REFLEX copy paper is sold in your office supplies- stay well away from it. Our group helped to have it's FSC removed and will continue to educate corporate buyers of wood from these forests to save the Leadbeater's. This is the "LAST CHANCE'.