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Forests and forestry--Recreational use; Logging; Land use--Australia


For many years the United States has had major problems in public land use for timber and recreation. Problems in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area are an example. Australia is a country with Simi !tar concerns. The State Forests of Central Victoria, administered by the Forests Commission, were heavily burned m 1939. They now have regenerated to commercially mature stands, particularly of mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans F. Muell.). Within 100 kilometers of the 3 million people in Melbourne, the forests are popular recreation sites. This paper reports on a study made for the Forests Commission aimed at the effective integration of timber production and outdoor recreation in these forests. Staff conferences, field trips and literature review provided basic information. In addition, forest recreation in Victoria was studied by the author m 1974. While the Forests Commission expertise in forest harvest and regeneration is most adequate and local community relations seem good, there is a continuing need for overall recreational management policy, public Involvement, and understanding of multiple forest uses.

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