Close to 200 people defied draconian anti-forestry protest laws which came into effect on Saturday, participating in mass forest surveys.
The new laws impose maximum penalties $22,120 fines or 12 months jail for people who enter a “Timber Harvesting Safety Zone”.
Surveying activities took place at Wombat State Forest, as well as Alberton West, Colquhoun, Powelltown and Toolangi.
Surveyors recorded over 130 plant and fungi observations, and found endangered Greater Gliders, koalas, endangered Tree Geebungs and a critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum.
Surveying and finding endangered species allows logging exclusion zones to be established, preventing habitat destruction.
Wombat Action Group spokesperson Amy Calton said: “protest must be protected, especially within a climate crisis.”
“The government must repeal these outrageous laws and take meaningful action to protect the environment.”