Source: Government of Victoria 3
A conservation program controlling feral goats will be undertaken in remote sections of Heathcote-Graytown National Park during October 2019.
Feral goats at Heathcote-Graytown National Park have a negative impact on native vegetation through overgrazing, physical damage to plants, erosion and spreading weeds. They compete with native fauna for food, water and shelter.
This program will allow native vegetation to re-establish in the areas where goats have cleared it, reducing the threat of erosion problems.
This will help protect, revegetate and enhance habitat for a range of threatened species including Brush-Tailed Phascogale, Squirrel Glider, Swift Parrot, and the Woodland bird community overall.
The program will occur during daylight hours on four consecutive weekends from Saturday 5 October 2019. It will only occur in areas of the Park that normally experience very low visitor numbers.
Parks Victoria regularly undertakes dedicated conservation programs, designed to contribute to habitat restoration or predator management across the park network. These programs include activities such as monitoring of grazer and plant populations, revegetation, spraying, controlled burning, and animal control programs.
These programs are crucial to restoring habitat and improving overall landscape health.
Parks Victoria is using highly skilled professional volunteers from Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) to undertake these operations, which will be thoroughly planned and carried out under strict conditions designed to ensure safe, effective and humane practices at all times.
Warning signs will be in place at all entry points in the area when the program is underway.
This project has been funded by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program funding allocated to Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, and is helping to ensure that Victoria’s natural environment is healthy, valued and actively cared for.
Quotes, attributed to Mathew Sobey, Ranger Team Leader, Parks Victoria
“Victoria’s parks are home to more than 4300 native plants and 948 native animal species. Parks Victoria plays a vital role in protecting native plants and wildlife.”
“Goats will also be trapped in some areas of the Park from late September and continue throughout the year.”