The Otway Ranges host one of the few remaining remnant temperate rainforests on the mainland of Australia. Less than three hours drive from Melbourne, Victoria, the Otways have been ignored for far too long as a place of immense natural beauty. Thankfully, the current government has halted logging in the old growth portions of the forest, allowing what little is left to be seen by our grandchildren. I fear it is too little, too late.

Of course, having more people in the ranges brings perils of its own for the forest. When I first visited the Otways in 1986, there were no weeds, but many coups being logged. Blackberries now grow at an alarming rate on every creek system that I have visited, strangling the native plants out of existence.