Parks and reserves
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries is responsible for the conservation of Victoria's natural and cultural heritage on public land.
Victoria has more than 4 million hectares of wilderness, state and regional park and reserve areas.This equates to 14% of the state.
Parks Victoria manages national, wilderness, state and regional parks, Melbourne's metropolitan parks and open space network as well as the Lower Yarra, Maribyrnong and Patterson Rivers and Port Phillip and Westernport Bays.
A key feature of Victoria's parks and reserves is the diversity of ecosytems protected.
Victoria is a small state by Australian standards, but Victoria's natural habitats range from alpine to semi-arid, from coastal environments to temperate rainforests and rolling grasslands.
This diversity is reflected in Victoria's parks and reserve system where areas have been selected on the basis that all of the State's major ecosystem types are represented and protected.
Bushfire risk management in Victoria's high country
DEPI is investigating fuel and bushfire risk in Victoria's high country, including the Alpine National Park, using strategic cattle grazing. There is not enough evidence in the data currently available to form an opinion on how effective strategic cattle grazing is for fuel and fire management, so DEPI has commissioned a scientific research program to assess the impact of cattle grazing on fuel load and structure and on the ecological condition of the park.