a new threat to the Red Gum National Parks

barmah wetlandThe Red Gum forests of Barmah-Millewa – along the banks of Australia’s iconic Murray River – are a haven for threatened species and a homeland of deep significance to Indigenous Traditional Owners.

This rich landscape of forests, wetlands, floodplains and woodlands is internationally significant. Together, the Barmah forests, on the Victorian side of the Murray and the Millewa forest, in NSW, comprise the world’s largest red gum forest.  The forest is also a RAMSAR listed wetland, supporting globally significant populations of rare and threatened bird species.

In 2010 new National Parks were declared to secure the future of this extraordinary ecosystem. Now, in 2013, these National Parks are under threat.

The Victorian and New South Wales Government want to trial destructive ‘thinning’ practices inside the National Park. This means logging red gum trees with mechanical harvesters in around 400 hectares of the Park, building roads and using herbicide in this sensitive environment. This perverse ‘scientific logging’ trial could be used as a model to push for destructive intervention in other National Parks across Australia and the globe.

The Barmah-Millewa Collective of Friends of the Earth Melbourne has launched an online petition, calling on Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to use his powers to disallow the program.

Please show your support for our Red Gum forests by signing and sharing this petition.

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