Trails seven and eight of the Noosa Trail Network are closed to public access to allow for plantation harvesting in the Yurol-Ringtail Forests.
Council’s Principal Environment Officer, Peter Milne, said signs were in place to remind bushwalkers and other forest users to stay clear of the harvesting areas.
“Unfortunately, a number of people have entered these areas, despite the warning signs. It’s putting their safety and that of the forestry workers at risk,” he said.
“It’s very important that people comply with the warning signs and avoid the areas that are closed for harvesting.”
Mr Milne said plantation timber had to be removed to allow native vegetation to naturally regenerate. It’s part of the broader Yurol-Ringtail State Forests Conservation Project.
In some areas, additional native trees will be planted to assist in restoration of natural vegetation.
“Queensland Koala Crusaders and Noosa & District Landcare have already held a community tree planting day to kick-start revegetation at Ringtail State Forest,” Mr Milne said.
“But until harvesting is complete, all forest users must be aware of closures, observe the signage regarding trail closures, and check Council’s website for further details.”
For trail network information, visit: www.noosa.qld.gov.au/services-facilities/parks-facilities/noosa-trail-network
For Yurol-Ringtail State Forests Conservation Project details, visit: www.noosa.qld.gov.au/yurol-and-ringtail-project