Help save Peachester Forest

By Sonia Isaacs

At the end of last year a powerful local campaign saved logging in Ferny Forest (Beerwah State Forest), now community concerns are turning to the protection of other state forests in our region including Beerburrum, Luttons, Peachester and Delaneys Creek.

Parts of Peachester State Forest are scheduled to be logged, and conservation activists are urging people to head along to a special Forest Watch Bioblitz event on Saturday April 1 from 8.30am-12.30pm.

With 5000 hectares (ha) of state forest in the Glasshouse Mountains region home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, campaigners are calling for these area to be protected.

Organised by the Queensland Conservation Council, this local citizen science project invites community members to get involved and help record the unique forest biodiversity around Peachester Forest to highlight why the area needs to be protected. The Forest Watch Bioblitz will be a family friendly event with participants encouraged to come along, chat with conservation experts, meet other interested people in the community and survey plant, animal, fungi using the iNaturalist app. There is no need for previous experience using iNaturalist or plant and animal identification, as organisers will team people up with those with more experience. Participants will meet at Peachester Town Park for a briefing, divide into groups and then carpool to survey locations.