Take a walk in the for­est

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VIS­IT­ING state forests is a great free ac­tiv­ity that both kids and adults can en­joy th­ese school hol­i­days.

Hume re­gion act­ing as­sis­tant chief fire of­fi­cer Brett Haines said there was a wealth of state forests, and re­cre­ation sites within them, to en­joy right across the North East.

“From re­lax­ing be­side the King River at the Edi Cut­ting camp­site to ex­plor­ing walk­ing tracks through­out Mans­field state for­est, there are plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties every­one can en­joy in state forests,” Mr Haines said.

“Many have free camp sites in beau­ti­ful bush­land where you of­ten spot lo­cal wildlife.

“You can also just en­joy a day trip with a pic­nic and per­haps a stroll along one of the many walk­ing tracks.

“De­tails of where state forests are lo­cated and what visitor fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able can be found at https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/vis­it­ing- state- forests/ places- to- visit.

“Peo­ple are also able to ride horses, trail bikes and go four wheel driv­ing in state forests as long as they re­main on the formed roads,” Mr Haines said.

“To ex­plore Vic­to­ria’s state forests on a trail bike you must have a mo­tor­cy­cle li­cence or learner per­mit and your trail bike must be reg­is­tered.

“All road rules ap­ply so you must al­ways wear an ap­proved hel­met, keep left and ride safely, ac­cord­ing to the con­di­tions.

“There are some fan­tas­tic trail bike ar­eas with load­ing ramps, bar­be­cues, toi­lets and track signs close to Stan­ley and Yackan­dan- dah, which is also great for moun­tain bike rid­ers, too.

“For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria of­fi­cers will be un­der­tak­ing reg­u­lar pa­trols of state forests through­out the school hol­i­days to make sure every­one is do­ing the right thing.”

If campers see any ir­re­spon­si­ble, sus­pi­cious or il­le­gal be­hav­iour in pub­lic land ar­eas, they are asked to re­port it to Crimestop­pers on 1800 333 000 or to the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning on 136 186.

The in­for­ma­tion could in­clude de­tails on what, when and where some­thing hap­pened, the num­ber of peo­ple and ve­hi­cles in­volved, reg­is­tra­tion num­bers and pho­tos if it’s safe to take them.

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