Southern Forests

A map of the Southern Forests local area in relation to the Goulburn Broken Catchment.  It is situated in the catchment's south-east and is mostly  public land of seasonally snow-covered alps, moist montane and sclerophyll forests.
Figure 26: The Southern Forests area.

Vision: With the community, the Southern Forests balances ecological, economic, cultural and recreation needs to preserve natural resource health.

The Southern Forests local area in the catchment’s south and south-east includes seasonally snow-covered alps, moist montane and sclerophyll forests (Figure 26).

The Taungurung were the first people of this area and have on-going land management responsibilities through the Recognition and Settlement Agreement between the Taungurung Land and Waters Council Aboriginal Corporation, the Taungurung Traditional Owner group, and the state government.

Public land is managed as state forest, alpine resorts and national or state parks by Taungurung Land and Waters Council, Parks Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council and Alpine Resort Management Boards.

This public land has the largest intact native vegetation areas in the catchment.

Over the past 100 years, the area has been shaped by events such as bushfires, gold rushes and post-war timber industry development. In recent years, the concentration of timber mills has fallen, while tourism demands have increased.

The natural resources are used for forest reserve, recreation, tourism, hydropower, water capture and storage and production forestry, including native forests and plantations. These require supporting infrastructure including roads and telecommunication.

The forest landscapes are highly valued for their ecological extent and diversity, cultural significance and economic contribution from recreation, tourism, plantation and native forest timber harvesting. Soils are fragile and often on steep slopes. The ecosystem services include high-quality and reliable water that provide environmental, economic and social value.

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