Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO), based in a mountain valley in far east Gippsland, is organising two weeks of ‘citizen science’ and a range of activities intended to protect the native forests of the region.

It runs from Friday, December 4 until Friday, December 18.

The following information comes from GECO:

Join us this summer in Goongerah, East Gippsland for the Summer of Citizen Science and Forest Defence!

This two week program will consist of workshops and educational activities on all manner of forest campaign related things!

After three days of learning about citizen science, direct action and the campaign to protect East Gippsland’s forests, together we’ll embark on a program of rigorous forest surveys, direct action and smashing good times in defence of East Gippy’s ancient forests!

RSVP by using the ‘Attend Event’ button below or go to the Facebook page for the event.

Can’t make it to this one? GECO will hold another one in January.

Program – Friday December 4th – Sunday December 6th:

Workshops by campaigners, legal experts and ecologists:
Mammal spotlighting
Rainforest evolution and identification
Remote fauna cameras
Owl surveys
Ecology of the Long-footed potoroo
Greater Glider decline
Climate and Forests – Forest Carbon accounting
Threatened species, logging and the law
Tree climbing
Non-Violent Direct Action – Strategy and tactics
Your legal rights as a forest activist
History of the East Gippsland forest campaign
Suing the government…and winning!

Walks:
Rainforest walks
Old growth walks
Walks in the iconic Kuark forest

Monday December 7th – Friday December 18th

Practicals:
Non-Violent direct action – Stopping the chopping!
Forest surveys – fauna, flora and more!
Track building – creating a future for nature based tourism.
Forest carbon accounting – measuring carbon stocks in areas scheduled for logging.

Join us for the whole program or come for a week, a weekend or stay forever and help us protect East Gippsland’s remaining ancient forests for good!

BYO: camping gear, torches, wet weather gear, sturdy footwear etc

The GECO communal kitchen will be set up with shared cooking gear, there will be some communal meals, but bring food to contribute to the kitchen or cook for yourself. We always encourage people to be as self sufficient as possible. Small amounts of cash to donate are much appreciated to cover the costs of putting the camp on.

Goongerah is a remote environment, with no phone reception and shops. The closest shops are 70kms away so make sure you are well prepared with plenty of food and fuel. Our camps have been very popular this year.

There will be entry level activities and more advanced activities for people who have attended camps already. There’s something for everyone!

Contact – geco.media@gmail.com or call 0414 199 645 or (03) 51540109 for more info.