WE will fight on. That's the message from Mountain Cattlemen's Association of Victoria president Mark Coleman.
"We won't stop, we are very resourceful people. We live in a very harsh environment, we've dealt with fires and floods, droughts," Mr Coleman said.
"And once you have been through two or three of them in your life nothing is hard any more, so you just keep fighting on."
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke's rejection of the Victorian Government proposal to reintroduce cattle to heritage-listed national park came as no surprise.
"We thought nothing else would come of this decision, (but) it's disappointing not just for ourselves but the whole of Victoria," he said.
Mr Coleman said the management of state parks and forests was at the heart of alpine grazing and while the MCAV wasn't considering a legal appeal it would watch carefully the Victorian Government's response.
"We will continue our fight on future land use of our high country and our public lands," he said.
Mr Coleman said alpine grazing was an important tool to reduce fuel loads in fire-prone parks and forests.
"They should be using every tool in the box to reduce the fuel loads," he said.