River Red Gum Parks Management Plan released
Monday 30 July, 2018
Parks Victoria has released the final River Red Gum Parks Management Plan. The plan sets out a long-term vision for the future management and protection of over 100 parks and reserves.
Stretching over 215,000 hectares, the plan will collectively manage parks along the Murray, Ovens and Goulburn Rivers.
The planning area includes Australia’s iconic River Red Gum forests, several internationally significant wetlands including a diverse range of flora, fauna and threatened species.
There are also highly significant Aboriginal sites, post-settlement heritage sites and geological sites within the planning area.
The plan recognises Traditional Owners within the landscape, the enduring cultural connection and rich heritage they embody.
The final River Red Gum Management Plan ensures popular activities like dispersed camping, fishing, boating and hunting continue to be supported.
The plan also supports the development of new recreational initiatives that support regional economies such as; bookable campsites, the Murray River Adventure Trail and the Lower Ovens canoe trail.
The plan identifies priorities to improve ecosystem health and habitat connectivity, supports environmental watering to improve natural processes, reduce grazing pressure and predation, reduce aquatic pests and reduce weed invasion and impacts.
The plan can be viewed at www.parks.vic.gov.au/redgumplan
Quotes attributable to Simon Talbot, Chief Operating Officer, Parks Victoria
“Parks Victoria has undertaken extensive community engagement to inform future management of Australia’s iconic River Red Gum forests across the state.”
“The unique natural environment of these parks and reserves will be conserved, managed adaptively and progressively enhanced to sustain the natural systems and species.”
“Community and stakeholder engagement, including submissions from community members and groups was considered in developing the final plan.”
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0436 669 524
Parks Victoria media centre