Tracks and roads within Victoria's state parks and forests across the Wimmera District will be temporarily closed during Winter and Spring as part of an annual driver safety and road damage prevention program.
Grampians Regional Manager Forest and Fire Operations Peter Kambouris said the main closures for the 2019 Seasonal Road Closure period start on Thursday June 13.
"Seasonal road closures are an important procedure during winter and spring and deliver a two-fold environmental and safety benefit," he said.
"This program helps limit the damage done to forest roads and tracks during the wet season and in doing so, ensures dangerous and difficult to negotiate sections of road are closed off from motorists.
"These measures also help maintain water quality in rivers, creeks and reservoirs by reducing the amount of erosion and silt washed away from roads and tracks.
"We encourage the social and recreational use of Victoria's beautiful natural resources, including four-wheel driving, but some sections of the forest road network would rapidly disintegrate if opened for the entire year."
The initial road closure period began on May 1.
Additional roads in the Wimmera District that will be closed include:
Youngs State Forest: Youngs No.1 Track, Youngs No.2 Track, Un-named Track
Meereek State Forest: Anthony Waits Road, Archers Track, Content Track, Lamsheds Road, Mosquito Creek Track, Pink Gum Track, Poolaigelo Lane, Waits Track
Durong State Forest: Bogalara Shortcut Track, Malcolm's Track, Durong No.2 Track, Spoolies Track, Warners Track
Burns State Forest: Burns No.1 Track, Burns No.3 Track, Burns No.8 Track
Bogalara State Forest: Bogalara No.1 Track, Bogalara No.4 Track, Bogalara No.6 Track, Un-named Tracks (x2)
"FFMVic consults with a range of stakeholders, including Four Wheel Drive Victoria, to identify sections of the road network which require closures," Mr Kambouris
"Most of the roads and tracks will be re-opened on Thursday October 13, but the closure period can be extended if the conditions demand it."
For those wanting to plan their trip go to the Public Access Map site in the visiting parks and forests section at: https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/visiting-state-forests/places-to-visit.
For maps of the early closures in parks, check the Seasonal Road Closures page on the Parks Victoria website: https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/safety/closures/seasonal-road-closures2.
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