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Australian Campers, Hikers Warned of Falling Trees Amid Continuous Wet Weather

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The number of visitors is up in Australia’s northeast, with many campers and hikers. While that’s great news for many, Parks Victoria is concerned about their safety around trees.

According to a report, La Nina has brought frequent and intense storms during spring and summer that are having an impact.

“Water tables are rising, the ground is holding the water, and the foliage on the top of the trees is growing,” said Charlie Bisset, Parks Victoria’s northern rivers district manager.

As heavy storms hit the state once more, Parks Victoria has a simple but crucial warning for those out on the streets: look up.

“We know everyone is really excited to be getting out into the parks this summer, but it’s just vital that people are vigilant,” Bisset said.

“Look up, make sure that you’re not parked under a big old red gum, move out into a bit more of a cleared space, and you should be fine.”

Bisset recommends campers bring their own shade when going out in the heat and avoid tucking away under a large shaded tree.

Parks Victoria conducts tree inspections across the state. However, it was impossible to examine every one of the trees in every park.

A qualified arborist in Albury, Andrew Mitchener, would like to emphasize that campers and hikers need to be careful where there’s a big tree, whether it is in a remote camping spot or on their property.

“Trees get assessed and pruned for a bit of safety if people are going to be camping. But if you’re on private property, just be wary, have a lookup before you put your tent or caravan underneath it,” Mitchener said.

Parks Victoria said the unpredictable La Nina weather patterns have made it more crucial for people to be ready.

Bisset advised that people planning to go out must check the weather reports and alerts for storms that could be severe and floods that could be possibly similar to how they look up fire danger ratings.

“We’ve seen enormous visitation numbers over this summer, enjoying the beautiful parks that we’ve got, which is fantastic, people being able to get out and about,” Bisset said.

“But it’s just so important that people think about their safety over this summer,” Bisset ended.

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