Sustainable Living Festival
The Great Forest National Park team are getting ready for a huge weekend (12,13,14 Feb) with the Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival at Federation Square/ Birrarung Marr. The weekend starts on Friday at 3.00 with Steve Meacher from Friends of Leadbeater's Possum Inc. speaking about the history of our faunal emblem the Leadbeater's Possum. On Saturday Ben Campbell from The Wilderness Society will discuss their work for the Great Forest National Park followed by a special appearance on Sunday the 14th at 12.00 in the Greenhouse, Laureate Professor David Lindenmayer OAM discusses the science behind Victoria's proposed new recreational and conservation park #GFNP. The team will be at the stall all weekend so come on down and say g'day. Grab your new GFNP postcards, stickers, flyers, swap-cards, park maps, tee-shirts and book a tour while you're at it. We'd love to meet you and discuss all things GFNP. Eagle photo;: Marcel Theunissen
Victoria's Great Forest Experience - Melbourne's New Playground
The Great Forests National Park proposal is a vision for a multi-tiered parks system for bush users and bush lovers alike. It is a Parks system that protects and maintains important ecosystem functions critical for our way of life. See the Park Plan.
Less than 90 minutes drive east of Melbourne, the Mountain Ash forests of the Central Highlands are the key source of the city's drinking water and the home of the tallest flowering trees in the world. A park proposed for the region has Melbourne buzzing with new investment ideas in tourism, boosting regional jobs while conserving an incredible landscape and its wildlife.
The signature tree of the proposed Great Forest National Park is the Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans). The tallest plant ever measured, at over 140 metres, was “The Ferguson Tree”, found near Healesville in 1872. Ash forests provide habitat for a range of wildlife, threatened by decades of fire and logging. At least 40 of these animals need tree hollows to live and breed in. It takes around 200 years to create such habitat trees. The critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum, the faunal emblem of Victoria, occurs nowhere else.
A history of landscape-scale logging and fire has meant old trees are being lost and not replaced, becoming ever more scarce. Less than , unburnt and unlogged Mountain Ash forest now remains. The Mountain Ash ecosystem of the Victorian Central Highlands has been scientifically assessed ‘critically endangered’ under IUCN criteria. This underlines the need for a new park to protect and restore these forests.
The geological centre-piece of the proposed Great Forest National Park is an ancient 30 kilometre wide volcano, the Cerberean Caldera. Its eroded rim is marked by waterfalls and rugged ranges that define the skyline, creating some of the region’s most dramatically picturesque outlooks. The Cathedral Range between Marysville and Alexandra is one of the grandest examples of these sheer jagged outcrops. Mt Torbreck’s waterfalls, in the north east of the cauldron, are little-known hidden gems. Further east the austere rocky peaks gently give way to Alpine heathland and snow gum forests of the Australian Alps.
The Park, stretching from Kinglake through to the Baw Baws and north-east up to Eildon, will host a range of activities such as bike riding, bushwalking, fishing, bird watching, four-wheel driving, motor biking, camping, zipline tours and much more.
The Great Forest National Park, so close to Melbourne, will be a great community asset; a playground for the people - the perfect place for city folk wanting to escape the daily grind. It will generate new, long-term jobs while protecting threatened species, ecosystems, carbon storage, and water supplies. It will revitalise peri-urban and rural communities, some still recovering from the Black Saturday fires in 2009. The time is right to create a new Great Forest National Park. The time is now!
Great Forest National Park - Summary Report
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The Great Forest National Park will provide an opportunity for people to experience this unique natural area through walking, camping, touring, four wheel driving, mountain biking, guided trips, skiing, multi-day hiking, canoeing, cycling, bed and breakfasts, day tripping or experiencing the cultural heritage of the region’s Traditional Owners. It will attract local and international visitors alike.
The proposed Park will value the region for its critical role in supplying 4 million people with some of the highest quality drinking water in the world, sustaining the most carbon dense forests and protecting critically endangered and rare wildlife.
The Park will enable the state of Victoria to match its counterparts in other states in recognising, valuing andcelebrating Australia’s globally significant biodiversity and cultural heritage.
The proposed parks system features the signature tall trees of the Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans Muell.) forest, which support a diverse array of wildlife, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. The Park features a diverse assemblage of plants and forest types, ranging from rainforests to alpine woodlands and herb-rich foothill forests.
The Great Forest National Park will recognise and protect the outstanding natural and cultural values of the unique forests covering the Central Highlands of Victoria.
Join the WildMob Summer Survey Crew
This summer how about some adventure?
The WildMob and the Australian National University are seeking a group of keen surveyors to help Professor David Lindenmayer and his team locate the elusive and critically endangered Leadbeater's Possum in the wild. In the extraordinarily beautiful Mountain Ash forests, you will lie beneath a giant tree and watch for its inhabitants to emerge at dusk. It is a deeply rewarding experience that will bring you closer to nature, and the nature of the giant forests. Get in touch with Derek and the WildMob now to be part of this life affirming experience. Click here http://wildmob.org/contact/
The traditional owners of this country include the Bunurong (Boon Wurrung), Gunaikurnai, Taungurung (Daung warring) and Wurrundjeri indigenous Australians.
Sounds of a wild night in the forest
The sun is setting, slowly dipping the forest into darkness. Its weakening grasp on the day releases the cold air from its grip on the ground. Around you, the forest is singing a song about the passage of time, if only you know how to listen.
David Lindenmayer, from the Australian National University, is an ecologist and conservation biologist who has spent over 30 years studying the Mountain Ash Forest of Victoria.
‘There’s a little mixture of things that always want to have the last word. The Lyrebird is one and the Kookaburra is another and the Eastern Yellow Robin and the Pilot Bird are two others,’ he says.
‘The birds are calling less than in the morning, but still nevertheless calling, and they’re just confirming their territories before there's an extraordinary change in the light in this long dusk period,’ says Lindenmayer.
Then the possums and gliders come out. Then the nocturnal birds start their calls. Listen closely to hear the sounds of the evening shift change in the Mountain Ash Forests of Victoria in this episode of Off Track.
the sounds of a tall forest
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Photography Tour - Feb 28th 2016
Have you ever been interested in how to take the perfect water shot, a macro image of moss or enhance your photo to maximise the majesty of nature? The next photographers forest tour is this Sunday the 28th of February so Book now
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Zoos Chief Calls For National Park
Tom Arup - The Age
Minister flags new national park within this term to save the possum
Farrah Tomazin - The Age
Victorian state emblem Leadbeater's possum pushed closer to extinction
Tom Arup - The Age
Sir David Attenborough pleads for national park to save Leadbeater’s possum
James Campbell - HERALD SUN
David Attenborough and Jane Goodall join the fight to create a new national park in Victoria
Ollie Milman - The Guardian
The battle to save the Leadbeater’s possum from logging
Michelle Slater - The Saturday Paper
SUNDAY AGE : Royal Champions Back the Park
Tom Arup - The Age