The first year of the project has included:
- 200ha of weed control
- establishing baseline condition monitoring of communities.
Wild deer are causing significant environmental damage in the Alpine National Park and will be culled in a three year trial program.
The deer trample through, drink from and wallow in fragile Alpine Sphagnum Bogs. They also damage waterways, graze on native flora and contribute to erosion.
In trying to make the alpine environment resilient to climate change, it is important to remove pressures that exist on the environment from introduced species, to maximise the chance of the environment for adapting.
This trial will be managed by Parks Victoria and volunteers from the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia and the Australian Deer Association will be responsible for the shooting.