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Vale Colin Watson OAM (1924-2017)

Col was a keen bushwalker who introduced many to the joys of exploring our wild places, especially in the Morton National Park area, over many decades.  As member of the then Central Branch of NPA Executive, he was involved in the push for establishment of the National Parks & Wildlife Service and for a period served on a Regional Advisory Committee. He was a member of NPA’s Executive Committee, including a period as Hon Treasurer, during the 60s and 70s. He was also active with the Coast and Mountain Walkers of NSW and a founding member of the Budawang Committee.

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Letter To The Editor

I was very interested in the article in “Nature NSW” Spring Edition 2016 by Barry Tomkinson which promotes the concept of “Walking Tourism”. The concept is not new and it is not without a number of concerns. There is today a clear push from Government to expand tourism into our reserves and national parks estate wherever possible. The National Parks and Wildlife Act was established for the protection of nature. With the objective to make the reserve system “commercially” self-sufficient the value of nature protection has the potential to be downgraded, if not forgotten. 

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Forests are not Magic Puddings

Article from the Victorian National Parks Association
’Victoria’s forests are not magic puddings’ March 2017.

Matt Ruchel, member of the Forest Industry Task Force and executive director of the Victorian National Parks Association, explains why sawmills and the pulp and paper industry don’t understand how forests work.

Forests are living ecosystems, not magic puddings, and cannot supply something that doesn’t exist.

The recent declaration by VicForests, the state government’s logging agency, that there is insufficient wood to supply Gippsland sawmills, is hardly surprising – the writing has been on the wall for decades, made worse by the Black Saturday fires.

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Mid North Coast Branch

Celebrating more than 40 years of activity

Robert Griffiths, Walks Coordinator, National Parks Association of NSW Mid North Coast Branch

If you have driven on the Pacific Highway between Taree and Port Macquarie you may have noticed the Brothers (“North”, South” and “Middle”) – massive intrusions of microgranite named by James Cook as he sailed northwards. This is the heartland of the Mid North Coast and the setting for many NPA activities.

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We can’t see the trees for the wood

Dr Oisín Sweeney, Senior Ecologist, National Parks Association of NSW

This is an amended article from one that first appeared on the Independent Australia website on 27 March 2017

On the morning of March 21st I got a call from a journalist in response to a media release NPA had put out for International Day of Forests. She wanted me to discuss forests – after she spoke to Planet Ark, who were celebrating World Wood Day!

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Minnamurra Rainforest: Rainforest Icon of the NSW South Coast

Kevin Mills, Member of National Parks Association of NSW

“The reserve is a botanist’s paradise with scores of trees with birds’ nest ferns, elks’ horns, ferns and orchids.” 
H. A. Grace, visitor to Minnamurra Falls in 1896.

The botanist certainly finds much of interest at Minnamurra and the most casual visitor cannot help but be enthralled by the diversity of plants, in form and in species, and the scenery of this enclosed valley.