This Greater Glider (Petauroides volans) was 25 m up in a Mountain Gum (Eucalyptus dalrympleana).
Our night-time surveys are revealing a forest rich in wildlife. And the stable, clear Autumn weather has been ideal for working in the forest at night. Though the Strathbogie Forest doesn’t have the tallest of trees, craning one’s neck to look up into 30-40 m canopies can take its toll.
We document all our sightings : time of the observation, species ID, latitude and longitude, species of tree the animal was in, height of the animal in the tree and the number referencing to the photo of the animal. For example: Continue reading
Dates: generally Monday and Friday, with some exceptions – read on.
May: Mon. 1, Tues. 9, Fri. 12, Mon. 15, Frid 19 (Cancelled – rain), Mon. 22, Fri. 26;
June: Frid. 2 (last chance!)
Times: 6.30 to 9.30 pm, or part thereof. Continue reading
Logging straight through a drainage line.
We have just learned that Vicforests’ logging of Parlour’s Coupe has finished. The news came via a media release that found it’s way to us via a third party. At least Vicforests is being consistent in the way it treats this local community – as an afterthought.
On the 11th November 2016, with logging of Parlour’s Coupe underway, Vicforests announced: “Once operations have commenced, we are planning on inviting community members to view the operation in progress. This is likely to be mid December, though that is weather dependent. An invitation will be sent out via email.” Suffice to say, we’re still waiting for the invite! Though there’s little point and no community appetite to continue playing Vicforests’ games.
Most of the timber cut from Parlour’s coupe has become firewood for the domestic market. Yes, there were probably a few sawlogs in there, though we seriously doubt that much was turned into “high quality timber flooring and furniture”. At $85/cu m for firewood (retail), the contractor (who also has a large, local firewood business) has every incentive to use the wood he’s cut down, for his own business – who can blame him. Without a doubt the community pressure that resulted in the shift from clear-fell to selective logging is an improvement. But the devil, as always, is in the detail and more on that another time. Continue reading
What a great way to spend the Australia Day Weekend and enjoy the natural wonders in these ranges – and the weather was perfect!
We camped in a stand of magnificent Messmates, among them some of the biggest trees in the Strathbogies; we enjoyed a bushwalk exploring a part of the Parlour’s Creek catchment that we’ve not previously visited; enjoyed a community dinner of tasty curries; had long discussions over beverages; went spotlighting amongst towering Mountain Gums and Messmates and devoured crepes covered in lemon juice and sugar (or jam) for breakfast. Continue reading
Locals care about their forest.
A cool, sunny weekday morning on Lima East Rd in the Strathbogie Forest. All seems normal, other than the 60 forest supporters protesting the logging of some of the best forest left in these ranges. The rally was as much a show of support for the hundreds of people that have joined in the campaign over the last three years, as it was to appeal to the Government, particularly the Victorian Environment Minister Lily d’Ambrosio, to not continue to ignore Continue reading
A giant Messmate in the Strathbogie Forest – note the regenerating pole forest from previous logging.
We know that the Strathbogie State Forest is the last stronghold for both the Powerful Owl (FFG Act) and the Greater Glider (EPBC Act) in the Strathbogie Ranges. More than 80+% of the native forest in the Strathbogies has been cleared and the remaining native forest is now isolated from similar forests to the east and south. This forest and the regional community it supports and nurtures are getting a raw deal from the Victorian Government.
An open letter to the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Daniel Andrews.
The fact that both Powerful Owls and Greater Gliders are doing well isn’t just a coincidence. Continue reading