Festival of the Falling Leaf shows off the best of Tumut State Forest

The Tumut State Forest will host the tenth annual Tumut 3hr Mountain Bike Enduro at the Festival of the Falling Leaf this April.

Forestry Corporation of NSW's Fire & Stewardship Manager Charlie Taylor said the event will be run on trails developed in Tumut State Forest over the last 10 years by local staff member Duncan Watt and a range of volunteers. 

"Over the years, Forestry Corporation has worked with Conservation Volunteers Australia, Green Corps and local mountain bikers to build an eight-kilometre network of trails in the Tumut State Forest," Mr Taylor said.

"The multiple-use trails have been developed in an area that once held pine forests but has been allowed to regenerate into a native forest after being harvested around 25 years ago.

"Conservation Volunteers Australia has brought volunteers from around the world to Tumut on several occasions to control weeds, remove rubbish, build tracks and encourage forest regeneration, while a Green Corps project was based in the area in 2003, providing work skills and training for local youth.

"This network of forest trails through the Tumut State Forest on the edge of town has become a popular walking and cycling circuit for locals and visitors alike and will now be hosting its tenth 3hr Mountain Bike Enduro.

"Forestry Corporation has supported the event since its inception ten years ago and we're pleased to sponsor it again in 2014."

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