Great Forest National Park
Less than 90 minutes from Melbourne, the forests of the Yarra Ranges and Central Highlands are a key source of Melbourne's drinking water and the home of Victoria's famous Mountain Ash, the tallest flowering trees in the world.
Growing to over 100 metres tall, these towering trees are habitat for the tiny and nationally endangered Leadbeater's Possum, Victoria's faunal emblem.
The Central Highland forests are also home to the Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl, Yellow-bellied Gliders, Greater Gliders and Smoky Mouse.
We need to protect large areas of these special forests, especially from logging, if they are to survive other threats such as future bushfires.
We also need to protect large areas of these forests to allow them to develop sufficient old trees for key species to survive and flourish.
A new Great Forest National Park, just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne, would be great community asset and provide the perfect escape for Melburnians wanting to get away from the daily grind.
It would also generate new, long-lasting jobs, provide a playground for the people of Melbourne and save threatened species.
Now is the time to create a new Great Forest National Park.
Our politicians need to create a new Great Forest National Park. Let them know they need to make this decision now!
The Great Forest National Park would see 355,000 hectares of protected forests added to the existing 170,000 hectares of parks and protected areas in the Central Highlands of Victoria.
Leadbeater's Possum is a nationally and globally endangered species found only in Victoria, and is one of the state's faunal emblems.
The towering Mountain Ash forests of Victoria's Central Highlands are spectacular, but face catastrophic collapse. They need protection within the state's national parks system.
National parks are the most effective way of protecting biodiversity, unique ecosystems and rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals.
Healthy forests create sustainable water yields, store more carbon
Melbourne's drinking water is inextricably linked to the health of our forests. By protecting the forests fringing our city we are protecting our water catchments. These forests are also among the most carbon dense in the world.