A mountain ‘road’ winds through the rain and mist as I return to my favourite forest – This majestic cool temperate rainforest stands unprotected whilst the buzz of ‘action’ and ‘destruction echoes through the deep lush valleys overpowering the wizardry of the Superb Lyrebird…It’s enough to make you cry….
Located and defining South Gippsland is the Strzelecki Ranges – once one vast rainforest which was a unique blend of cool temperate with amazingly isolated pockets of warm temperate rainforest.
When early settlers began ‘opening up’ the region South Gippsland was known as the’land of the lyrebird’ as this vast rainforest was home to the Superb Lyrebird in such great numbers – the majestic mimicking skills not only had the repertoire of everything that lived around them but quickly took on the sounds of the new comers with inpeccable calls of camera shutters and chainsaws. The Strzeleckis are not only home to Superb Lyres… but endemic Koalas and native Fish,Quolls, Gliders, Platypus, Wombats, Bandicoots, Potoroos,Echidnas.Wallabies..the fauna list goes on….
The Flora of the region no less impressive with it once being a stronghold for the largest flowering plant on Earth – Eucalyptus Regnan. It has been reputed that the tallest tree on the planet once grew in the heart of these ranges – some 120m+ it measured when it lay on the floor near Thorpdale earlier in the 20th century.Very few pockets of these old growth ‘emperors’ remain – but where they do surely they rival their protected cousins in the world famous and hard fought for forests of Tasmania.
Now less than 20% of this bioregion remains with an alarming 2% protected – the lowest of any region in Victoria. Election promises of 30,000 h NP’s or ‘Cores and links’ have not eventuated after many years… Instead we see logging and clearfelling rates INCREASE. With Hancocks been the major forrestry operator – a US company.. Is this really worth it ?
Speak up and have a say in our country – our planet – for our future generations…
100% of any profit from print sales I may happen to make here will be donted to the ‘Save Our Strzeleckis’ campaign.
EOS A2, Fuji Velvia 50.