Visitors making the most of Coast parks

WITH the summer holiday season in full swing the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is working behind the scenery to increase visitor enjoyment in North Coast national parks.

NPWS Dorrigo Plateau Area Manager Mr David Hitchcock said that the thousands of national park visitors make this time of year one of the busiest for service staff.

“NPWS rangers and field officers are out and about throughout the holiday period undertaking a range of duties such as campground maintenance and conservation works to manage parks and assist park visitors to remain safe and happy,” Mr Hitchcock said.

“NPWS Discovery Rangers are also on deck to help visitors discover the secrets and unexpected delights of our national parks on a guided walk, spotlight or canoe tour.”

The national parks of NSW provide countless opportunities for recreation and adventure in a wild diversity of landscapes and habitats.

“National parks are popular places to relax, go for walks, enjoy peaceful camping holidays and learn more about the environment,” Mr Hitchcock said.

“NPWS is looking to increase visitor enjoyment in local national parks and warns that unruly and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Mr Hitchcock said the increasing popularity of local parks and reserves has meant that visitors need to be more aware of the impact of their activities on other campers and visitors.

• For more information on national parks to visit and enjoy, pick up a copy of the 09 Guide to NSW National Parks at your nearest Visitor Information Centre or NPWS office, or go to the website at www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au. The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is open seven days a week, phone 6657 2309.



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