Conservation Reserves - Vict.

Subject: Conservation Reserves - Vict.
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 14:04:21 +1000
Peter Fuller asks about conservation resrves in Victoria.  I've gathered
some information from a colleague who knows about this area.  If you're not
intreested in the technical explanation of such things then dlete now.

cheers, Martin O'brien
Thraetened Species & Communities Section
East Melbourne

Conservation reserves are those areas of public land that are:
- reserved under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 for the purposes of the
conservation of their natural,  cultural or historic values or for the
study of the natural environment; or
- approved by Government for reservation for the purposes listed above
based on recommendations of the former Land Conservation Council (LCC, now
Victorian Environment Assessment Council) or future recommendations of the
Environment Conservation Council (ECC),  or recommendations from other land
assessment reviews but not yet reserved under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act

The following conservation reserve categories have been adopted,  based on
those used by the former LCC and the ECC.   Each conservation reserve has
been assigned to one of these categories.
- Nature Conservation Reserve
- Natural Features Reserve
- Historic Reserve

The term 'State Wildlife Reserves' applies to a subset of conservation
reserves that are defined under the Wildlife Act 1975.   Section 15(1) of
the Wildlife Act 1975 defines those reserves which have come under the Act
pursuant to section 14(b),  paragraph (i) as State Wildlife Reserves.
That is:  those reserves which have been reserved for the 'propagation or
management of wildlife or the preservation of wildlife habitat' under
section 4(1),  paragraph (o) of the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978.   The
provisions of the Wildlife Act apply with respect to licensing,  certain
management activities,  management planning and regulation.

The Wildlife Act allows for State Wildlife Reserves to be further
classified.   The two classification categories that have been adopted are:
i.'Nature Conservation Reserve' for State Wildlife Reserves where game
hunting is not permitted;
ii.'State Game Reserve' for State Wildlife Reserves in which game hunting
is permitted.

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