We are all charged with the responsibility to look after the fragile beauty of the Redwood Forest in East Warburton.
Up until two years ago, the Redwood Forest was a little-known stand of Californian Redwoods that was considered a secret and meditative destination among locals. As a National Trust heritage listed site, stepping into the forest was done with a sense of awe and respect – its silence and simple beauty the essence of its appeal.
Today it is bittersweet to see that its appeal is so widespread. The attraction of visitors has happened at a rate that has far outpaced the Redwood Forest’s capacity to cope, and also the ability of authorities and stakeholders to develop appropriate infrastructure.
From one short TV segment thousands and thousands of people have come to visit – and its all adding up.
So how can we, as lovers and visitors of the Redwood Forest, ensure it remains healthy, viable and respected?
Here are some important ways every individual can help preserve this amazing natural wonder.
- Please take ALL your litter home with you.
- Please do not use the Redwood Forest or surrounding areas for toileting – public toilets are available at the hall in East Warburton or make sure you stop in Warburton on the way through.
- Please respect the homes and people who live on the road to the Redwood Forest (Cement Creek Rd and Woods Point Rd particularly) – drive the speed limit (and avoid dust), be sensible when parking. If it is too busy, come back later, or another time.
- Please respect the trees – leave branches in place, leave bark on trees and the forest floor undisturbed.
- There are other fun ways you can have your forest experience – you can ride a bike to Cement Creek Rd via the O’Shannassey Aqueduct, car pool or use bus services.
Other tips for minimising impact are to choose a time to visit that is a non-peak visitation time – avoid weekends and keep your visits short. You may even choose to just walk the perimeter of the forest (there are tracks all around it), rather than walk through it.
Continuing foot traffic is compacting the forest floor, causing permanent damage to delicate micro-infrastructure and biodiversity.
Tred lightly, if at all, and help preserve this natural wonder.
Parking solutions and preservation issues are high on the priority list for local and state governments, but in the meantime we can all do our little bit to help protect this place we all love.
We appreciate your visit and invite you to explore more of what the Warburton Valley has to offer – there’s lots of ideas on the Visit Warburton website, but here are five quick suggestions:
- Rainforest Gallery
- O’Shannassey Aqueduct trail
- Observation tower on Mt Donna Bang
- Big Peninsula Tunnel
- The Ada Tree
There are many more secrets to discover!
If you have any questions and want the advice of a local, pop in to the Waterwheel Visitor Information Centre on the main street of Warburton.