Frances Pike has worked in the environmental field for over thirty years. In the mid-1980’s she developed bushland restoration projects in Sydney and NSW Central Coast, where she also established TENTACLE, an organisation educating consumers on the cradle to grave sustainability of household products. She was motivated by the seemingly intractable issue of inappropriate product components in the domestic waste stream confounding recycling systems.
As one of NSW’s first Coastcare facilitators, she became interested in apprehending problems before they reached downstream estuary and marine outlets. Later roles allowed her to focus on upper catchment management of chemical pollution and the prevention of the spread of invasive species material downstream. In more recent years she focused on developing cross tenure approaches to invasive species control. The model project which she has developed in various roles have been applauded by state government agencies.
Becoming aware in 2007 there was ‘something very wrong in state forests’ investigations led her to consider that the NSW state forest agency was sabotaging taxpayer-funded efforts of other state government departments dealing with erosion and water resource management, invasive species and biodiversity.
Since 2010, she has researched, filmed, written and lobbied to prevent the acceleration of the rate at which NSW and Australian wildlife species move toward extinction due directly to the current industrialised logging practices of state forest agencies across Australia.