The Murray Valley National Park is being targeted for ‘degazettal’ (revoking protected status) by the National Party to allow it to be logged again. This would be a huge step backwards for NSW and Australian conservation. NPA played a lead role in the long campaign to protect the red gum forests – and we’re at the forefront of protecting the integrity of this precious park.
Degazettal efforts are an escalation of hostility to the Murray Valley National Park, which has been subject to a controversial ‘ecological thinning’ trial.
NPA joined with several prominent environmental groups to write to the NSW Premier in November 2017 urging her to rule out degazettal. In November 2018 a bill to degazette the park was introduced to NSW Parliament by the Member for Murray, Austin Evans. The bill will lapse in April 2019 if not debated again before that.
The Murray Valley National Park is one of a few fragments of red gum floodplain forests scattered throughout the Murray-Darling basin. It’s one of the jewels in the national park network, because the red gum forests are unique ecosystems: they are more like wetlands than forests, because flooding is vital for their health.
Decades of logging has degraded the forests by removing the big, old trees for timber and fallen trees and branches for firewood. We must maintain protection to allow these forests to recover their former glory.