Several weeks ago we wrote a post about the Wellsford Forest Conservation Alliance efforts to upgrade the Wellsford Forest to national park status. The group is concerned that at present the forest, with nine 500-year-old ironbark trees, is vulnerable to logging and firewood collection.
The group have created a petition on Community Run (part of GetUp) called Protect the Wellsford Forest. They aim to present the petition to parliament in September.
Click here for the petition. The page also has links to several articles about the Wellsford Forest.
I reguarly prospect the Wellsford State forest in the search of gold and relics, its a great state forest and a fantastic place to be in, my concern is that if it is turned into a NP, i may loose some of my rights as a prospector, eg sluicing with a small highbanker, could someone please clarify this for me.
You’re right: prospecting is generally not allowed in National Parks. You’ll find more info on this, and FOBIF’s position on prospecting, if you put ‘prospecting’ into the search box on our home page.