Some tracks and roads in state forests and parks in north-east Victoria will be temporarily closed during winter and spring as part of an annual program to maintain environmental health and prevent serious road damage.
Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Shaun Lawlor said the program also helped maintain water quality in catchments by reducing the amount of silt and dirt washed away from roads and tracks into rivers and streams.
‘‘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 they were used during the wetter months,’’ Mr Lawlor said.
More than 250 roads and tracks across north-east Victoria will be closed from this week.
Mr Lawlor said most of the roads and tracks were expected to re-open in time for the Melbourne Cup weekend, but the closure period could be extended if conditions demanded it.
For maps of the early closures in parks, check the seasonal road closures page on the Parks Victoria website atwww.parks.vic.gov.au