The Murray Valley National Park is being targeted for ‘degazettement’ (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.
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.