WOTCH (Wildlife of the Central Highlands)
For tireless campaigning to protect Victoria’s magnificent native forests.
Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) is a volunteer-run grassroots organisation.
From Toolangi in the west to Baw Baw in the east, they use thermal and infrared imaging to search for threatened species in forest that is ear-marked for logging, in order to help get the area protected.
They have helped stop the worst of the logging in endangered species' forest habitat through persistence, evidence, science and good public communication, securing protection for over 1500 hectares of forests since they started in 2014.