River Red Gum forests

Subject: River Red Gum forests
From: Carmel Flint <>
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 07:39:37 +1100


The future of the River Red Gum wetlands of south-western NSW is currently being decided. A rapid regional assessment is being conducted by the NSW Natural Resources Commission and they are currently taking submissions on their preliminary report - until 23rd October 2009. They will make final recommendations to the NSW Government about environmental water flows and also about which areas will be included in new National Parks and which will remain available for logging and grazing at the end of November. This is the last chance to have a say on the topic.

For those who are concerned about the future of birds such as the Superb Parrot, Regent Parrot, Barking Owl, Gilberts Whistler, Black-chinned Honeyeater etc, I would encourage you to make a submission. The River Red Gum forests are the last major remnants of vegetation remaining in one of the most heavily cleared regions in the country and they are severely threatened by water stress - recent studies show that in some areas, up to 90% of trees are stressed or dying. Only 1.9% of the NSW Riverina bioregion is currently protected in National Parks.

If you support much improved environmental flows and large new National Parks to improve the conservation of Red Gum wetlands, then please consider writing a very short submission to the Commission to that effect. It doesn't need to be long.

Submissions can be emailed or posted to:

Forests Assessment
Natural Resources Commission
GPO Box 4206, Sydney NSW 2001
Fascimile: 02 8227 4399
Email:  <>

The full report by the Natural Resources Commission is available here. <>

For more information and access to submission guides provided by environment groups, you can click here <> to see Friends of the Earth website or here <>
to see website of the National Parks Association of NSW.

Thank you



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