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Forest NSW Annual Report 2012

CASE STORY Forests NSW wins tourism awards State forests mean a lot of different things to in Ourimbah State Forest won a silver award These awards were a wonderful achievement people. They provide for the sustainable timber in the ecotourism category and a bronze for sustainably managed working State needs of the people of NSW and a home to a in the adventure tourism category. Ecoline forests, demonstrating that there is a place diverse range of biodiversity. At the same time, Pty Ltd also won the award for outstanding for imaginative nature-based tourism and State forests’ natural attractions draw people contribution by an individual. entertainment ventures that complement the into a true natural playground. More and other uses of State forests. Described as a playground in the trees, the more, State forests are being recognised as an Currently plans are under way for a newTTAP comprises a number of challenges important tourist destination for metropolitan commercial tourism venture in Coffs Harbour.linking trees, where participants traverse and regional visitors. An aerial zipline or flying fox fully-guidedsuspension bridges, ladders, trapezes, Tarzan In recognition of Forests NSW work in developing jumps and the odd flying fox. The course experience, will begin near the Forest Sky Pier, and will allow visitors to soar through tourism opportunities in State forests, Forests aims for minimal environmental impact on the treetops in Orara East State Forest. A NSW Central Region picked up two major tourism the forest. The platforms are built without similar experience is also being planned in awards in the 2011 Hunter and Central Coast any drilling or nailing to the trees and all Cumberland State Forest at West Pennant Hills Awards for Excellence in Tourism. This is an annual structures are designed to allow the trees to in Sydney, along with a mountain bike facility competition for tourism businesses, suppliers grow unrestricted. Safety is also paramount in the State forests of the southern highlands to the industry and outstanding individuals. and participants are required to wear safety following a recent expression of interest harnesses which attach to guiding lines and, on Forests NSW won the gold award in the process. the children’s course, a continuous belay safety ecotourism category for Strickland State Forest visitors are encouraged to followsystem is used, similar to the one currently Forest west of Gosford, which was also a @visitNSWForests on Twitter and participate inused on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. finalist in this category in the 2011 NSW sharing their forest experiences by uploadingFurther information is available at Tourism Awards. A bronze award was received photographs and stories atwww.treetopadventurepark.com.au in the tourist attraction category for the www.facebook.com.au/forestplayground State forests of the Watagan Mountains. Tourism initiatives such as TTAP provide Privately-owned and managed by Ecoline employment opportunities and contribute to Pty Ltd, the TreeTop Adventure Park (TTAP) local economies. Photo: Andrea Buschner 24 Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance


Forest NSW Annual Report 2012
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