Nine new nature reserves are set to be declared in parts of the ACT over the coming years, as part of a decade long plan plan unveiled on Monday.

The Government released its new ‘management plan’ designed to protect and enhance Canberra’s environment and outdoor lifestyle.

ACT Environment Minister, Mick Gentleman said the plan will ensure the longer-term protection for the Territory’s critically endangered box gum woodlands, native grassland ecosystems and threatened animals and plants.

“We engaged with Ngunnawal Traditional Custodians to develop the plan so that natural and cultural heritage is conserved for future generations.”

“Traditional Custodians will also be involved in the ongoing management of Canberra Nature Park.”

As part of the plan, new codes of practices have been introduced for dog walking, horse riding and bike riding to keep people to the designated tracks and trails and therefore better protect native plans and animals.

Drone use in the Canberra Nature Park is also now restricted.

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The ‘Canberra Nature Park’ is made up of 39 different nature resserves across the ACT.

You can read more about the plan online here.

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