Vale Ern Mainka

Many people will know the work of Ern Mainka. His photography was hugely popular amongst nature enthusiasts, and I must have seen his images in hundreds of places over the years. Apart from capturing our wild places so well, Ern played a significant role in raising awareness about the many threats posed to these places.…

Forest mining licence angers community

Many in the central Victorian community fought long and hard against a proposed gold mine in the Wombat Forest. This approval for substantial sampling in the forest is a worrying development. The following article comes from The Courier newspaper (Journalist is Emma-Jane Schenk). For additional information check the Wombat Forest Care website. The approval of…

The Great Forest National Park

The Great Forest National Park (GFNP) proposal is a vision for a multi-tiered park system for bush users and bush lovers alike, on Melbourne’s doorstep. It is a park that will protect and maintain important ecosystem functions critical for the health and well being of all Victorians. The proposal intends to amalgamate a group of smaller…

Six seasons in the Foothill forests

The Daylesford Nature Diary is a Nature journal on the comings and goings of life in the Wombat Forest in Central Victoria. Local naturalist and writer Tanya Loos has produced a beautifully illustrated six seasons wheel calendar for the Central Highlands. Check the Daylesford Nature Diary for details on getting the calendar. The first Australians understood that this continent…

More fires – less snow gums

Snow gums are the quintessential alpine tree on mainland Australia, generally growing at heights between 1,300 and 1,800 metres asl. Forests and woodlands of Eucalyptus pauciflora can look quite uniform from a distance, but up close they have such character. But wildfire has been devastating large swathes of snow gum habitat, with significant fires in the…

Conservationists maintain stand at forest action

The following media release comes from Still Threatened, Still Wild, and marks the beginning of a summer of actions to protect remaining old growth forests. Today’s protest action continues to stop logging operations in a stand of forest at Stony Creek, East Gippsland, Victoria. Two conservationists remain at the top of tripods, blocking the road…