Otway Forest Management Plan
In Section 6.6 of the Otway Forest Management Plan(OFMP) provides prescriptions to protect Scenic quality within the Otway State Forest. Landscapes have been assigned zones where Visual Quality Objectives (VQO) must be met. VQO's represent a range of recommendations on the extent to which alterations are allowed to dominate or be visually evident in the landscape.
Map 4 of the OFMP provides an overview of zone locations.
Zone A - Inevident Alteration
Zone B - Apparent Alteration
Zone C - Dominant Alteration VQO
The OFMP acknowledges the combined views of the Great Ocean Road, Turtons Track , Wait a While Road, Sabine Falls and the Wild Dog Ridge constitute areas of high scenic quality. These areas were acknowledged after public submission into the OFMP before 1992.
Only areas with a high public profile were included in the process. The Wild Dog Valley has a high public profile with many people living in the areas. A Landscape Study by Steve Moss for the DNRE was done on Wild Dog Ridge in 1986 and incorporated into the OFMP. The study was the most comprehensive Landscape Study done for the Otways at the time. Other areas with high scenic values have had only superficial evaluation.Over the past decade, with increased demand on tourism and more people moving to live in the Otways for its environment, it is likely many more areas scheduled to be logged are also now regraded by more people as having high scenic values.
The Section 6.6 of Otway Forest Management
Plan acknowledges there must be a reduction in the levels of logging
to protect Zone A VQO. It is not know if the State Government took this
advice into account when it completed the West
RFA or reviews of logging
Visual Quality Objectives(VQO) in the Otways have been basically ignored by Forestry Victoria. In the case of Zone (A), clearfell logging has gone ahead without any regard for visual impact on the tourist industry.
Clearfell logging that has occured within Zone (A) VQO
Community Opposition that has halted
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