The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions today advised that parts of the mountain bike trail network in Bramley National Park will be closed from 7-10 August.
The Forest Products Commission will begin pine harvesting operations in the Margaret River Pines adjacent to the park and as such there will be no access to some trails during these works.
The trails emanating from the Manager’s parking area will be affected during 7-8 August and the trails adjacent to Fox, Ashton and Pine Boundary roads will be closed during 9-10 August. Access to Big Pine and the Manager’s carpark via the northern and western entries of the pine plantation will also be closed during these periods to ensure the safety of trail users.
Ben Tannock from the department’s Parks and Wildlife Service said trail users would still be able to access the majority of the trail network in the Bramley National Park.
“The mountain bike trail network is an important recreational site in Margaret River and a key tourist attraction and the department is working to minimise impact on park users,” Mr Tannock said.
Forest Products Commission Plantations Operations Branch Manager Chaz Newman said the Margaret River Pines adjacent to the park were planted in 1985 and were part of the current operation which would see 28ha of pines harvested.
“When harvesting begins, there will be heavy machinery on site and trees being felled presenting a safety risk for park users, as such it is important that the community does not enter harvesting operations areas,” he said.
“Once harvested, site preparation works will commence for plantation reestablishment. The timber harvested will be used to produce sustainable structural building products for the construction of many Western Australian homes.”
Signage will be in place to inform park users of the trail closures and pine operations.