The number of visitors is up innortheast, with many and hikers. While that’s great news for many, Parks 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, Parkshas 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 recommendsbring their own shade when going out in the heat and avoid tucking away under a large shaded tree.
Parksconducts 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 thatand hikers need to be careful where there’s a big tree, whether it is in a remote spot or on their property.
“Trees get assessed and pruned for a bit of safety if people are going to be. But if you’re on private property, just be wary, have a lookup before you put your or underneath it,” Mitchener said.
Parkssaid 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.