Mixed rainforest and the Baw Baw Frog
Mixed rainforest (mixed forest) around Mt Baw Baw is the habitat of the highly endangered Baw Baw frog. There are also many other outstanding nature conservation values of Mt Baw Baw which are in a detailed report published by the Central Highlands Alliance.
The Baw Baw frog story
Download the location of frog habitat areas that VicForests would like to clearfell log (Google Earth file). Then, in Google Earth, click on any of the frogs to read what the Baw Baw frog has to say about logging!
Clearfell Logging threat to Frog
A critical part of the Baw Baw frog's habitat is mixed rainforest (or mixed forest). The Victorian Government permits clearfell logging in this type of forest.
In 2004, clearfell logging began in two of the Baw Baw frog mixed rainforest areas (Coupes 458-504-0007 & 483-503-0023). However after intense lobbying by scientists and conservationists, logging was halted after a after few days.
Since then there has been another attempt to log these areas under the disguise of experimental/scientific logging. (A bit like the controversial Japanese scientific whaling).
Fortunately the experimental/scientific logging idea was also halted in August 2006.
However, until a decision is made to permanently protect the Baw Baw frog habitat, clearfell logging could occur at any time.
South West Face of Baw Baw
Most of the woodchipped forest on Mt Baw Baw is made into paper products like Reflex photo copy paper at the nearby PaperlinX pulp & paper mill at Maryvale.
What needs to be done
Conservationists want to see the boundary of the Baw Baw National Park extended to protect rainforest and mixed rainforest, the Baw Baw frog habitat and more of the magnificent south face rivers before our children's heritage is destroyed.
What can you do?
The more people who are made aware about what is the more likely governments will listen and ban clearfell logging.
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Baw Baw Rivers
There are spectacular rivers and rainforest on the south face of Mt Baw Baw where the Baw Baw frog lives. The photos below were taken in small sub-catchments where the Tyres West River flows. This particular sub-catchment still has not been clearfell logged yet.