The Strzezlecki Ranges once contained some of the tallest trees on the planet. In 1998 the Victoria government sold off the public forest in the Strzezleckis to an American Investment Company, Hancock Financial Services. Since then Hancocks has been clearfell logging the native forests and replacing them with plantations of pine and Blue gum trees for sale to the giant Reflex Nippon Japanese owned pulp mill in Maryvale Victoria.
Environment groups and local campaigners are trying to have a vital reserve declared in the Strzezlecki ranges which will protect important core areas of remaining rainforest and native forest. Both Hancocks and the Victorian state government have opposed any reserve that will reduce the flow of wood into the Reflex factory.