Parks Victoria has released its blueprint for managing and protecting 900,000 hectares of Victoria’s unique alpine and high country over the next 15 years.
The Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan aims to protect and enhance the outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values of the parks.
The plan identifies eight priorities for urgent action:
- Targeted weed containment (brooms, blackberries, willows)
- Fire management to protect and enhance ecosystems
- Integrated work with all the Traditional Owners
- Responding to climate change
- Benefits beyond boundaries — weeds and dogs
- Feral horse control
- Deer control
- Fox control.
The Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan covers the Alpine, Baw Baw, Errinundra, Mount Buffalo and Snowy River National Parks, Avon Wilderness Park, Tara Range Park, and Walhalla, Howqua Hills, Grant, Mount Wills and Mount Murphy Historic Areas.
The plan was developed in consultation with the community and key stakeholders including the Alpine Advisory Committee, the Victorian Alps Traditional Owner Reference Group and the Environment and Scientific Advisory Group.
Comments from over 500 written submissions on the draft plan contributed to the proposals adopted in the plan.
For further information about the Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/alpsplan
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“The Plan will guide the management and protection of Victoria’s highest mountains and some of our spectacular landscapes.”
“The Alps are home to a range of important flora and fauna, including about a third of Victoria’s native plant species, more than half of the terrestrial bird species and 40 per cent of the State’s mammal species.”
“It’s also home to one third of our total rare and threatened species, including a number of creatures found nowhere else, which is why we’ve set out this plan to ensure it is managed and protected for future generations.”