The Conondale Range Committee was formed in 1976 as a public voice for conservation issues in the Conondale Ranges. It wasn't the first to speak out. A decade earlier, local scoutmaster Ross Scott had circulated a petition for a National Park and later a dedicated team of young researchers had added enormously to conservation knowledge of the Conondales. Both these groups echoed and intensified calls for a National Park. It's been an up and down ride since then. From despondency at watching intensive logging move into old growth forests, the disappearance of two unique frog species, the establishment of the Agricola opencut gold mine to welcome relief at the incremental announcements of expanded National Parks and the rehabilitation of the abandoned mine site.