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We must act to protect our forests before it's too late

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During the 1950s, I had the great good fortune of being able walk freely through many of the wonderful old-growth forests across Victoria that are now under threat by logging companies whose avaricious greed for money will destroy what remains of this wonderful heritage.

I remember the first time I set foot in the forest at Kinglake and again in Sherbrooke Forest at the back of Belgrave and had my eyes opened to the sheer beauty of a forest surrounded by the massive eucalypts beneath which were a great variety of other Australian natives. Then to stop and listen to the birds, seeing a lyrebird for the first time and on one occasion I was treated to see a Leadbeater's possum going about its work at dusk.

Towering trees and tree ferns in the forest along the Black Spur in the Yarra Valley.

Then to wake in the morning to the sounds of birds and the odd wallaby or kangaroo crashing through the bush, coming face to face with a wombat, or one day watching a black snake swim across the river.

To me these were the jewels of the Australian forests.

Then I have occasionally had the misfortune to........

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