This website exists to support the Strathbogie Sustainable Forest group and report community advocacy for the Strathbogie State Forest.

As a community, we can watch as highly mechanised, industrial logging moves in and slowly but surely transforms much of this forest into young, even-aged stands of trees … or we can choose to get involved and ensure that the forest (not just the trees) survives and is in better condition, for the next generation, than it is today.

The Strathbogie community has begun a campaign to convince VicForests (the land manager) and the State Government that industrial logging as conceived by VicForests is incompatible with the sustainable management of the Strathbogie forest. The Strathbogie Sustainable Forestry Group began in late 2013, initially in opposition to the scaled-up logging being proposed by VicForests, but has also lobbied hard to stop the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) conducting extensive and destructive planned burns across large parts of the forest. We are now a broad-based advocacy group, insisting on forest management policy (and operations) that are evidence-based, supported by the local community and result in improved management of the diverse values and services this forest provides.

Our group operates as a sub-committee of the Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network (SRCMN). As such it reports quarterly to the SRCMN regrading it’s activities and the broader issue of forest management in the Strathbogie Ranges. All advocacy work by this group is voluntary and the opinions expressed are those of the SSFG and don not necessarily represent the view of the SRCMN. Expenses incurred running the SSFG have been contributed by volunteers and personal donations. Where activities have received external funding, this is noted on the appropriate page/post.

To get involved, either follow this site (complete the box in the sidebar), leave a comment at the bottom of any page, or follow the Our Strathbogie Forest Facebook page.

2 responses to “About

  1. It’s important that no more forest is lost to agriculture and human settlement. Is there anywhere people can donate to help this cause? I am an Apiarist and keeping all the forests we have available to use is very important to me. We cannot let someone with a misleading name like VicForest abuse our forests for unsustainable monetary gain.

    • Thanks for your support Bret.
      We have on occasion asked for donations of money for specific purposes, but most of all we value the donation of your time and support. Share this info as widely as you can and join in the forest activities (shared on this blog and the FB page) when you can. I’ll add your name to the group’s private email list so that you can be part of the discussion. Regards – Bert.

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