Logging of the Clanwilliam cedar was banned at the turn of the 20th Century but under various pressures such as fire, the population has not shown any signs of recovery (6). A concerted conservation programme to save this ancient giant is now in place, and a 5,252-hectare area has been set aside as a Cedar Reserve (6). Within the reserve, fires are managed and controlled in order to prevent high-intensity summer fires from sweeping through the area. Seedlings are also grown in order to be replanted, and thus help the struggling population to recover. It is hoped that focussing on such a charismatic species will also benefit other members of this unique South African habitat (6).