There has been a long running campaign by local residents to see the Strathbogie Ranges in north east Victoria protected from logging.
Since European occupation, 74% (177,600 ha) of native forest in the Strathbogie Ranges has been cleared. Less than 2% of the Strathbogie Ranges is permanently protected in reserves. The 24,000 ha Strathbogie Forest is the largest block of public land in the Strathbogies, but only 870 ha (3.5%) has permanent protection.
With a state election on the horizon, locals are ramping up efforts to get the forests protected in a new reserve.