Southern Forests

The Southern Forests contribute to healthy river ecosystems and provide constant yields of filtered high quality water. Waterways in this SES are considered to be in a good to excellent state.

This area supports several significant native fish species.

Increasing numbers of tracks for timber extraction and recreational activities intensifies erosion, resulting in reduced water quality. This results in increased sedimentation of waterways, destruction of fish habitat and changes to stream condition.

The current condition of wetlands is considered to be good.  The major threats to wetlands are pest plant and animal invasion and soil erosion.

Priority Waterways include:

Big River, Howqua River, Goulburn River, Delatite River, Taggerty River, Acheron River, Peatlands/Alpine Bogs, Rubicon River

Resource Condition Targets

Heritage River values are maintained or improved by 2025

Improve flow regime by 2021

Instream habitat is maintained or improved by 2030

Maintain “Ecological Healthy Status”

Recreational values are maintained or improved by 2030

Riparian and floodplain vegetation condition is maintained or improved by 2025

Water quality is maintained or improved by 2030

Wetland condition is maintained or improved by 2025