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Parks under threat

Dandenong Ranges National Park. Photo: Phil Ingamells

Dandenong Ranges National Park. Photo: Phil Ingamells

 

Victoria's national parks system is extraordinarily diverse. On land it includes fragile alpine heathlands, box-ironbark forests rich in wildlife, threatened woodland ecosystems and rare remnant grasslands.

Along our coasts are national marine parks and sanctuaries brimming with ocean life, much of it found nowhere else on earth.

Parks and wild places are our only remaining source of genetic diversity of native plants and animals. They are also something every Victorian - and international visitors - can enjoy in their natural form.

 

Parks under threat

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These parks are the foundation of protecting our natural heritage, yet they are under constant threat, and need our protection.

We need your support to defend our parks from commercial tourism, cattle grazing, damage from feral animals, inappropriate recreation such as hunting and shooting, mineral prospecting as well as under-resourcing of rangers and maintenance staff to manage the parks.

 

Threatening to dig up our most cherished national parks

Don't dig up our parks!Victoria's national parks have been created to protect our natural heritage, and yet the State Government is considering allowing prospecting and fossicking in some of our most cherished places, including the Alpine, Baw Baw and Yarra Ranges national parks.

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Pest control and shooting in our national parks

Pest animals do enormous damage to our national parks but opening our parks up to recreational shooters is not the answer. In fact it could entrench a potentially dangerous sport and create a hazard to wildlife, campers and walkers.

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Alpine cattle grazing, it's a park not a paddock!

Alpine cattle grazing, it's a park not a paddockA decision by the former Victorian Government to allow cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park in 2011 inflamed community debate about how we should manage our national parks.

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Marine pests

Marine pestsOne of the biggest threats to Victoria's coastal waters is the voracious appetite of marine pests, which prey on our native species and cause havoc in underwater ecosystems.

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Parks and climate change

Climate change threatens our national parks in many ways. If left unchecked it will lead to more intense and frequent bushfires, dry up rivers and wetlands, and push many species towards extinction.

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Fire and our parks

Fire management is a significant public safety issue as well as an issue for our national parks and the many tens of thousands of species that live within them. Under climate change fires are predicted to become more frequent and intense.

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Weeds and feral animals

Learn moreInvasive species such as weeds and feral animals are the number one cause of native animal extinctions in Australia, are the second biggest threat to river and stream systems and are the third biggest threat to endangered ecosystems.

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