Protecting Rainforests in Victoria, Australia Using Google Earth

Environment Victoria Rainforest  in Google EarthThe Victorian Rainforest Network is a group of “…rainforest enthusiasts, researchers and activists with a shared interest in rainforest conservation and education across Victoria.” They have put up an extensive collection of Google Earth content to provide information on the rainforest environment, water sources, endangered species, and the issues of logging in these public lands. These two files here and here show an overview of the rainforests of interest in the area. Some of the Google Earth content is intended for use in schools and for young people (such as the one about the endangered Baw Baw Frog which tells the story from the perspective of the frogs). They also have information about logging in the area and issues with the government not doing an adequate job (in their opinion) to protect the lands. What I like is they are using Google Earth (and its satellite/aerial photos) to document evidence of damage and inappropriate logging. You can view most the information and get some basic instructions on their GE page here. But, there is more information on other pages as well. This is the most extensive use of Google Earth for an environmental cause I’ve seen so far.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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