A NEW parkland showcasing some of the regions original forestry has been established while a pioneering family has been recognized as Greig's Dry Vine Forest officially opened on Saturday.
Moving to the region in 1903, Robert Grieg has been acknowledged as the first European settler on the site of the newly opened Greig's Dry Vine Forest which is home to a variety of native plant species some of which are more than 100-years-old.
While Mr Grieg and his brother Samuel cleared most of their land for grazing and sugar cane, a small patch of forest has remained untouched to this day and now the site is home to the last remaining species of plants native to this area.
On Saturday three of Mr Greig's four grandsons turned out for the opening of the dry vine forest, including 72-year-old Robert Grieg from Hervey Bay.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell officially opened the area, located in Urraween, which is now accessible to the public and includes a walk-through path complete with information signs outlining the different species of plants and wildlife.
Mr Greig said he is proud to see his grandfather recognized as a part of Hervey Bay's history and that relatives including great grandchildren and great great grandchildren were there to witness the event.
"In the beginning it was going to be named after another original pioneer family, Stirling, however we contacted the council and said Stirling wasn't the original.
"After more than 12 months we were able to approach the council with documents including deeds from the government that proved Robert Greig was actually the original farmer on that land.
"Council said this forest is very important and because Robert Greig was the original farmer there it will be named in his honour."
A typical hectare of Vine Forest is said to contain more than 100 different types of trees, 60 species of vines and 70 ferns.