Research in the river red gum forests
We conduct research in the river red gum parks to inform our park management and planning.
Our research programs are adaptive and aim to meet park conservation values and the needs of the community.
Current research projects focus on:
- the impact and benefits of grazing in the parks
- ecological thinning of some river red gum forests.
Grazing already occurs in some national parks. It is permitted when it can be linked to conservation outcomes.
Research into the benefits and impact of grazing in the river red gum and cypress reserves is now underway. The current grazing study was recommended by the Natural Resources Commission and examines the social, economic and ecological impact of grazing in the river red gum forests.
Ecological thinning trial
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting a thinning trial in some river red gum forests to help us find out whether we can improve the health of these trees.
The trial involves the removal of some smaller trees across several sites. The goal of this trial is to improve habitat outcomes for these important floodplain forest ecosystems.
Ecological thinning trial monitoring and reporting
Public environment report
In accordance with section 98(c) of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, a revised Public Environment Report for a proposed ecological thinning trial in the NSW Murray Valley National Park (Millewa precinct) has been submitted to the Australian Department of the Environment for their approval.
The Public Environment Report provides comprehensive information on the design of the trial, and the measures to be adopted to mitigate any impacts of the trial.
Annual monitoring report
In accordance with the Public Environment Report and a condition of approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 the Office of Environment and Heritage produces an annual monitoring report.
The River Red Gum Thinning Monitoring Report 2018 analyses the immediate effects of thinning on a range of variables.
The River Red Gum Pre-ecological Thinning Monitoring Report 2017 is also available.
Annual compliance report
The 2018 Annual Compliance Report, Ecological Thinning Trial in New South Wales River Red Gum Forests (EPBC 2013/6713), shows how the Office of Environment and Heritage has complied with the conditions of approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 when conducting ecological thinning trials within river red gum parks in southern NSW.
The 2017 Annual Compliance Report, Ecological Thinning Trial in New South Wales River Red Gum Forests (EPBC 2013/6713) and 2016 Annual Compliance Report, Ecological Thinning Trial in New South Wales River Red Gum Forests (EPBC 2013/6713) are also available.