Summer tourism threatens Vic wilderness

Timothy Cox

Fears that increased tourism may put Victoria's wilderness at risk has prompted a move to hire more summer park rangers across the state.

Increasing numbers of holiday visitors are driving the need to protect popular walking trails and camping spots and Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio on Monday announced a $2.8 million funding injection.

The program will train 100 seasonal park rangers - nearly triple previous recruitment numbers - for peak tourism periods to maintain Victoria's environment.

"We're recruiting more seasonal rangers than ever before to protect Victoria's beautiful parks," Ms D'Ambrosio said.

Parks Victoria's 2016/17 annual report showed more than 100 million people visited the state's in the 12 months, generating $2.1 billion.