Toolangi Forest Tour is back

Participants will see what needs to be done to restore the Central Highlands forests. Picture: ON FILE

By Dongyun Kwon

Toolangi Forest Tour is back after it was cancelled in November last year.

The tour is to show people what needs to be done to restore the Central Highlands forests after logging as a part of a fundraiser for Healesville and Upper Yarra Greens.

Forestry educator Steve Meacher has been a guide for the tour for about 10 years.

Mr Meacher said the tour would start with an orientation and morning tea at Toolangi Castella Community House.

“Then we will move into the forests and see some places that have been logged in the past but we also will visit places that have not been logged so that people can see the potential of the forest once it’s allowed to recover,” he said.

The forestry educator was a candidate for the Greens in the federal elections three times in 2007, 2010 and 2013.

The major part of his campaign was the health of the local forests and it led him to guide the tour.

One of the event organisers Bob Rich said they had to cancel the tour last year because many events were held on the same weekend.

“The event last year was scheduled for one week after Steve had run an identical tour for Friends of the Earth Melbourne and there were several Greens events on the same weekend,” he said.

“So, we didn’t get enough takers to make it worthwhile and had to cancel.”

The tour this year will be held on Saturday 4 May, anyone interested can have the registration link by contacting Bob Rich,