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Byron filmmaker needs help to save wilderness

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Marli Lopez-Hope filming The Great Forest, which chonicles the battle to save Toolangi State Forest from state-owned logging companies.(Supplied)
Marli Lopez-Hope filming The Great Forest, which chonicles the battle to save Toolangi State Forest from state-owned logging companies.(Supplied)

A Byron shire woman is hoping her local community will help fund a documentary aimed at saving endangered species in a Victorian forest.

Knockrow-born filmmaker Marli Lopez-Hope is a year into making the documentary, The Great Forest, which chonicles the battle to save Toolangi State Forest from state-owned logging companies.

The independently produced 8-minute wildlife documentary journeys through the forest, capturing the secretive lives of animals including the Leadbeater’s Possum and the Superb Lyrebird, all of whom depend on the 200- year-old giant Mountain Ash trees for their survival.

Ms Lopez-Hope, who has spent her life savings on the project, will tomorrow (Wednesday) launch a Pozible crowd funding campaign to raise a further $10,000 for the film.

It’s not the first time Ms Lopez-Hope has ventured into one of the world’s endangered ecosystems.

She first rose to the spotlight with her filming endeavours after being the successful applicant for Air New Zealand’s ‘No Ordinary Place No Ordinary Assignment, in Antarctica during 2014.

Anyone wanting to help can check out her campaign tomorrow at pozi.be/thegreatforest

To check out the project visit www.facebook.com/thegreatforest


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