Great Forest National Park
The Central Highlands of Victoria are home to the world’s tallest flowering plants, the Mountain Ash, and one of Australia’s most endangered mammals, the Leadbeater’s Possum. Both are threatened by ongoing clearfell logging and bushfires.
To ensure their survival, we need to create a new national park, not only to protect possums and forests, but carbon stocks and water supplies.
The Great Forest National Park is a proposal to protect the Mountain Ash forests to the north east of Melbourne, stretching from Kinglake to Mt Baw Baw. Mountain Ash forests are listed as critically endangered ecosystems by the International Union for Conservation and Nature
Scientists warn that unless logging ceases in these forests through the creation of the Great Forest National Park the ecosystem could collapse in the next 40 years.
The Great Forest National Park is a nature tourism boom waiting to happen.
The proposed Park could draw almost 380,000 extra visitors a year to the Central Highlands, add $71 million annually to the local economy and generate 750 jobs with a little private investment, according to a new report by the Nous Group.