THE Tweed's Border Ranges have attracted praise from environmental lobbyists currently fighting for increased awareness on the issue of old growth forests.
The Cycle for Old Growth Forests team sang the praises of local forestry initiatives recently, as they passed through Coolangatta on a nineday cycle tour.
The tour aims to raise awareness of the importance of the old-growth forests and promote mixed species timber plantations.
In Coolangatta on Friday, cyclist Sean Marler said the Border Ranges were in a good position thanks to past lobbying.
"It is wonderful that the Border Ranges were included under the World Heritage Listing, a wonderful mark of respect for the campaigns run before ours," he said.
"The area around there is still under threat though. More needs to be done."
Mr Marler said mixed species plantations grew three times faster than monoculture forests with faster returns.
"So far the reaction on our trip has been fantastic. We have spoken with timber mills who were interested."