Welcome to the Otway Ranges Environment Network
The Otway Ranges Environment Network (OREN) comprises individuals and groups who care about the native forests in the Otway region of south western Victoria. These are the forests that grow along the hills near the Great Ocean Road and behind the tourist towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne (shown as green on the map below. Also see Otway overlays for use with Google Earth)
OREN formed in 1996 with the aim of stopping the practice of clearfell logging biodiverse native forest (on public land) in the Otways. After an intense eight year campaign followed by a six year logging phase out period, this outcome was achieved. The OREN/Otway campaign was strongly based on the politics of non violent direct action (see 2 page pdf) .
Thanks to the work of conservationists and Otway residents, working though the OREN "network", all clearfell logging of native forest on public land in the Otways came to an end in 2008.
Clearfell logging native forests for woodchips is now illegal in the Otways.
See overview of OREN/Otways forest campaign.
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