recreation and tourism
Management strategies Management plans and strategies for the Australian Alps refer to recreation as part of the park’s management objectives. A range of management strategies can be used when visitor impacts on the environment are potentially unacceptable. Organised recreation and tourism focusing on public land attractions in the Alps began in the 1850s when tourist parties first visited Mount Buffalo in Victoria. Sightseeing and walking were the main recreation activities in the early days. The demand for facilities and accommodation re- sulted in the establishment at the turn of the century of a number of large accommodation places in well-visited areas such as the Yarrangobilly Caves and Charlotte Pass in NSW.
Since then, the growth of tourism and recreation has led to increasing numbers of visitors, and a variety of facilities on public land, ranging from ski resorts to walking tracks. The environmental impact of such facilities depends on their scale and the intensity of visitor use. A large resort in a sensitive area, such as above the snowline, can have a major impact. A walking track, on the other hand, can have minimal impact, depending on location and how much it is used.
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Plan ahead and think before your trip - about weather, equipment and safety. Planning can make all the difference. Make sure you’ll be safe and comfortable throughout your trip by knowing where you’re going, what you need to take and what you need to do. Take warm, waterproof clothing so you’re prepared for sudden changes in conditions. If staying out overnight, a good tent and sleeping bag will keep you safe and comfortable - and you won’t have to depend on fires for warmth. Always plan to have as little impact on the bush as possible.
Use a fuel stove - quicker and cleaner for you, better for the bush. Compared to campfires, fuel stoves are much quicker and easier to use - especially in wet weather. They cook faster and don’t leave unsightly and long-lasting scars on the landscape. And of course escaped campfires have led to disastrous bushfires. Collecting wood and fallen branches or twigs disturbs and destroys the local plants, animals and their habitat. In alpine areas where the growing season is short, such habitats are replaced very slowly, if at all. Barbecues must be used where provided. If you do use an established fireplace, always be very careful to safeguard against the fire escaping. Keep the fire small and don’t ring it with stones. (All rocks provide habitat and river rocks can explode!) Use as little wood as possible - remember it provides homes for many of the Alps’ tiny plants and animals. Be absolutely sure the fire is out before you leave - Use water, not soil, to put out your fire and always check that the ground beneath the coals is completely cold.
Carry it in, carry it out - whatever it is. Don’t burn, bury or leave anything. Many kinds of rubbish can be created during a trip - food scraps, empty cans and packets, used matches, plastic bread ties, sanitary pads, tampons, condoms, cigarette butts - so please be sure that none of it ends up as litter. Most rubbish does not decompose, even if it’s buried or burnt. Instead it just stays where it’s left, creating an eyesore and a mess. Worse still, it washes into watercourses and pollutes them, or animals may try to eat it and harm themselves. So always do the right thing and carry rubbish bags with you to take out everything that you bring in. And if you really care, be prepared to collect any litter that you see during your trip.
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