Public access points at Strathbogie State Forest will be restricted when a fence designed to protect seedlings from wild deer is installed in May.
VicForests’ stakeholders and planning general manager Lachlan Spencer said other entry points would be made available to the public.
‘‘The fence is intended to keep out wild deer that have been eating the young seedlings before they can mature into trees,’’ he said.
‘‘The section of Crystal Mines Track through the harvested area may need to be closed to traffic but there will be clearly signed diversions while the fence is in place.’’
Mr Spencer said there would be access points every 400m to 600m around the fence, allowing public access while also ensuring the area could be successfully and extensively regenerated.
The fence, which will be in place by May 2017, will be 2600m in diameter and will be removed in about three years once the forest is re-established.