Local Plan - Southern Forests

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The Southern Forests SES to the south-east of the Goulburn Broken Catchment includes seasonally snow-covered alps, moist montane and sclerophyll forests. Towns in the Southern Forests include Marysville, Jamieson and Woods Point.

The Southern Forests predominately occur on public land that is managed as state forest, alpine resorts and national or state parks by Parks Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council and Alpine Resort Management Boards. The Southern Forests area is the largest intact native vegetation areas in the Catchment.

The forest landscapes are highly valued for their ecological extent and diversity, cultural significance and economic importance generated through recreation and tourism, and plantation and native forest timber harvesting.

The ecosystem services provided by the Southern Forests include high quality and reliable water that provides environmental, economic and social values across and beyond the Catchment.

The future aspiration for the Southern Forests is a managed ecosystem that balances ecological, economic and recreational needs.