The Grampians National Park

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The Grampians National Park

This is a map of some important features in the Grampians. It includes important landforms, cultural sites and flora and fauna information.

Current protection and management plans:

Human induced causes and effects of land degradation

The Grampians National Park

The Grampians national park is a very highly valued, beautiful area with many endangered animal species and native plant species. It is not yet being protected by by the UN world heritage convention, and I strongly believe that it should be. Here is some more detailed information about the park including: the important features of the park, how the landscape has shown value to people in different ways, some of the geomorphic processes occurring in the park, the causes and effects of human use, some of the strategies for protection of these causes, and how we can preserve this park in future generations. These reasons will show why the Grampians should be recognised as a part of the world heritage convention.

There are several geomorphic processes going on in the Grampians. This is one of them- how a river is formed. There are many long running rivers in this park that are home to animals and used as a source of water and recreational purposes.

How have the Grampians shown cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value to people?

One instance of landscape degradation in the Grampians is the construction of infrastructure. People are constantly building more infrastructure to provide for the amount of tourists using the park. The effects of this are that the land may eventually have too much infrastructure on it and it will no longer be a park, as all of the park will be taken over by infrastructure. Another outcome is that there will eventually be too many tourists visiting and not enough infrastructure to provide for the amount. Another issue with this is that roads and tracks are being built for the use of cars, bikes and hikers. In the process of building the roads, native flora species are being killed and the park is being polluted.Another issue of land degradation is tourists camping in the park. Humans littering and leaving large amounts of waste behind can pollute the park and leave a human footprint. There is also a very large amount of tourists visiting the park at all times and this increases the amount of litter and waste left behind. It also can kill the homes of native and endangered animals by innapropriate use of fire and general pollution.

The first current protection and management plan for the Grampians is managing the condition of streams and river catchments by ensuring the soil around the lakes and rivers is not disturbed or eroded. Native vegetation will be planted over it to ensure that the overall condition of the land is good because the soil is left undisturbed. I think this will work very well because it will keep the overall condition of the rivers and solid good- animals will have a much harder time trying to get into the water catchments and disturbing them because of the amount of plants around these areas. The soil will also stay as a good protective layer for the river catchments and when it is free from the risk of erosion this works very well. The second current protection and management plan is to protect native and endangered fauna and their habitats by implementing more appropriate fire regimes, especially to protect the habitat of the Heath rat. I think this will also work because fire can badly pollute and damage the homes of fauna when used innapropriately, and these fire plans will ensure the protection of these animals and their homes.

POOCH analysis: How we can better protect the park for future generations


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