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 ecological thinning of some 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 reports
In accordance with the Public Environment Report and a condition of approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Department of Planning and Environment produces an annual monitoring report.
The River Red Gum Ecological Thinning Trial Monitoring report 2021 presents and analyses the data that were collected in 2020–21 alongside data collected in previous years.
Monitoring reports for previous years are also available:
Annual compliance reports
The Annual compliance report 2021, Ecological thinning trial in New South Wales River Red Gum forests, shows how Department of Planning and Environment 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.
Compliance reports for previous years are also available: