Forest education and research
Ecological Thinning Trial in NSW and Victorian River Red Gum Parks
An ecological thinning trial is proposed for Barmah–Millewa River Red Gum forests in Victoria and New South Wales, including within Barmah National Park.
The health of River Red Gum forests has declined over the years as a result of altered flooding regimes, more frequent and intense droughts and regulation of river patterns/cycles. The ecological thinning trial has been developed to address this decline. Ecological thinning is the practice of reducing the number of trees in an area to reduce forest density. The practice aims to improve growth and maturation of the trees that remain, because there is less competition for nutrients and water.
A Public Environment Report was made available for community information and feedback from 26 February to 27 March 2014. The Public Environment Report provided information on the design of the trial, and the measures to reduce risks. Community members were invited to provide their feedback on plans for conducting the trial.
The Public Environment Report is available for download from here but is now closed to public comment.
The Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries and the NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage are joint proponents of the project. The submissions received during the public consultation period are now being reviewed by the joint proponents.
For further information, please contact the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries Customer Service Centre.