From the back
"Sherbrooke Forest - only 35 kilometres
east of Melbourne and now part of Dandenong Ranges National Park -
has been a popular destination for walkers, naturalists and
picnickers for more than a hundred years.
This magnificent forest is characterised by
towering Mountain Ash and other eucalypts, deep fern gullies, and
interesting wildlife, notably locally-threatened lyrebird
However it has also had a history of bushfires
and various forms of human exploitation and threats, including
plantations of pine trees.
Since 1980, the Friends of Sherbrooke Forest,
a group of local volunteers, have been working with the
management authorities, not only restoring the natural forest
environment, but also helping the increasing number of visitors to
understand and appreciate its values.
In this latter respect, they have produced
this book which is designed to appeal to anyone exploring the
forest, whether casually or for more serious study. The main
section of the book includes attractive photographs and clear,
accurate descriptions of 170 plant species - almost all of
Sherbrooke Forest's indigenous vascular plants. In addition
there are up-to-date maps, a history of the Forest, and a section
dealing with the ever- present problem of weed management, making
this a long-overdue and practical resource for anyone with an
interest in this important part of our natural heritage."