Environment

The Alberton West State forest may only be 2000 hectares but its diversity is remarkable. At the eastern end, you can find tall kangaroo tails and banksias, while in the damp folds at the western end, don’t be surprised to hear lyrebirds mimicking whipbirds.

That diversity and its closeness to both Wilson’s Promontory and the Strzeleckis makes it a host for many of Victoria’s most endangered plants and animals.

It’s an explorer’s paradise, too. Because the forest is largely unsurveyed, we expect plenty more exciting finds. If you can help identify them, that will help us protect them!

Powerful Owl

Vulnerable

Only about 1,500 Powerful Owls remain, mostly in New South Wales. It’s the breeding season for the Powerful Owl, and any disturbance within at least 250 metres of a nest can lead to abandonment of the nest and young. Let’s protect Australia’s biggest owl.

Strzelecki Koala

In danger

Population as low as 1,500. Black Saturday destroyed 40% of the preferred habitat and had a large impact on the Strzelecki Range population. The Alberton West State Forest is critical for preserving Strzelecki Koala genetic material for re-population.

Southern Greater Glider

Threatened

The Southern Greater Glider is in a state of decline likely to lead to extinction due to threats including genetic decline and the loss of hollow-bearing trees. An essential part of the Powerful Owl’s diet. Have you seen one glide from tree to tree?

Lace Monitor

Endangered

Lace Monitors are found in this forest and are likely to be sheltering in tree hollows as they are mostly inactive in cooler weather, where they are unlikely to be seen by koala spotters.

Clover Glycine

Threatened

Believe it or not, there’s been a $761,000 taxpayer-funded national conservation plan for this sweet little pea, the Clover Glycine. It exists in the first of the logging coupes at Alberton West Forest.

River Leafless Bossiaea

Endangered. Photo by Marilyn Gray

It’s so rare, you’ll probably only see the River Leafless Bossiaea here at Alberton West, in the Royal Botanic Gardens or on Victoria’s list of threatened plants.

Cobra Greenhood Orchid

Endangered

If ever there was a charismatic orchid, it’s the Cobra Greenhood. Endangered and in swathes across the logging area, VicForests says it will attempt to avoid 70% of those on its surveys.

Velvet Appleberry

Endangered. Photo by Brian Walters

This little twining plant, the Velvet Appleberry or Billiardera Scandens is hard to find and endangered in Victoria.

Marsh Sun Orchid

Critically endangered. Image: Botanic Gardens Vic

The Marsh Sun Orchid has a provisional Victorian assessment as critically endangered. Why is it in a logging coupe for cardboard boxes?

What will you find?

Photo: Birdlife Australia

The next areas of the forest slated for logging have nesting lyrebirds and all sorts of other stunning creatures and plants. Will you help protect them?

Letters from environmentalists and former foresters

We’re not the only ones who think this place deserves special protection. Learn why the Wettenhall Foundation has invested heavily here.

And, in case you thought only “tree huggers” think this is a bad idea, read why a seasoned forester says the Alberton West State Forest should not be logged.