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BGFF was founded in 1987 in response to the continued threat-to native forest ecosystems from unsustainable logging practices. With large areas of forest in the Shire already cleared for agriculture, the preservation of a "green belt" around the towns of Bridgetown and Greenbushes, and the protection of high conservation value forests became a priority for the newly formed group.
BGFFs campaigns were many and varied and included liaison with state and local government, petitions and submissions, a legal challenge to the then Department of Conservation and Land Management, the publication of a series of pamphlets outlining the nature and importance of the ecology of the Jarrah forest and the production of educational videos on environmental issues.
The groups affiliation with Friends of the Earth has led to international representation on such issues as the unsustainability of native forest logging and has resulted in the Dutch government's decision to reject jarrah timber on these grounds.