Big and Old

Main Fire Trail  Old Farm 
Tuesday 7 August 2018
This was the first time back to the site near Old Farm Road beside the Main Fire Trail since April 2017 and the previously cut piles could be seen were rotting away.  We continued downslope and made quite a satisfying impression on the thick and mostly old bushes. The Erica (Spanish heath) was profusely flowering making it easy to spot.
Much more remains and our next working day in the City of Hobart area will be scheduled here. 
Getting geared up for the day

 

Clearing well underway, Yun, Greg & Ted

 

Site prior to clearing

 

Site after foreground area cleared, still plenty at the back to go.
 
 
A photo album from the day is here

 

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Demarcation Line Reached

Goat Hills
Tuesday 3 July 2018

 After discovering Erica last year in a part of Goat Hills we returned to finish clearing it to the point where the bush ends and a power easement cuts through. It is hoped that TasNetworks  will deal with the weed from this easement before too long.

On completing the task, we returned to a site nearby for both follow up work and then to tackle both mature and small Erica in the last site that has had no primary work.

These areas show distinct signs of some form of human activity with rock walls, levelled areas and old metal objects and tanks. All of which has been reclaimed by the bush.

 
Packing up after completing work for the day
Site before Erica fully cleared – photo Chris woods

 

Site now cleared of Erica – photo Chris woods
 
A few more photos are online.

 

All Done

Inglewood

Tuesday 5 June 2018

The last section of gorse was removed from the site along the southern side of the Inglewood Fire Trail. Over a 6 year period the 500 metre length on the south side of Inglewood Fire Trail has been cleared of Gorse.  It has taken 16 sessions.
Site before gorse removed photo Chris Woods

 

Site after gorse removed leaving only native vegetation   photo Chris Woods
 
 
A brief check back through most of the site did not reveal any regrowth or new plants.  Although after the previous session here  one gorse was noticed, but without a GPS or tools it had to left; it couldn’t be found on this current inspection.
 
The summary of the work is documented with photos at this website.
 
Last section underway  Michelle, Ted, Kim & Bronwyn

 

Greg at work
 

 

An Early Finish

 

Glen Dhu
Tuesday 1 May 2018
Only one vehicle was available to transport gear and people to the start of the old Glen Dhu firetrail near Collins Cap, but plenty were willing to walk there which meant we had a crew of eight plus Joss from Parks & Wildlife Service. The weather was splendid and remained sunny and clam all the time we were there and was quite mild for the time of year.
Once we were all together, Adrian and Greg went with the hedge trimmers to clear part of the Collins Cap walking track below the firetrail.  The result was very good and impressive and even more got done that I was expecting. They also managed to find a known Erica at a nearby waterhole. While this was going on the rest of us headed down the Glen Dhu for the weeds.

At the junction about to leave for work  Adrian, Greg Joss, James, Mike, Lisa & Chris
The first weed site right underneath Collins Cap, which was originally cleared in 2002 was checked and no new gorse plants found.  This site was the first action for what became the Friends of Wellington Park and was assisted by Jean Taylor and John Hamilton. It has been clear of woody weeds since 2004 and can be considered as most successful.
A site some 800 metres further down which was also cleared in 2003 of Gorse and a few Erica was also found to be clear and again has been since 2004. This area and those below were badly burnt in the wildfire of February 2013. The previous check on the lower sites was in 2010 and only a few plants were found at two known sites. It is surmised that the fire gave rise to some of the plants located this time. One site had a substantial number of Erica up to 20 cm tall and took 7 of us 50 minutes to clear. The final spot had the most plants although they were more concentrated and generally much smaller in size. It has always been the most difficult location to clear and keep on top off, and it took us 55 minutes to clear.
Site before Erica cleared
Site with thick patch of small plants after most cleared
 
Lunch was called just as Adrian and Greg re-joined us which made a break in the 45 minute climb back to the vehicle. Four of the group, Lisa, Bronwyn, Chris and Peter, then made the downhill trip to the cars, whilst Mike, Adrian, Greg and James enjoyed the ride down the firetrail with Joss at the wheel.
It was an early finish and a delightful day to out in the bush.
 

 

Unexpectedly Thick

Goat Hills
Tuesday 10 April 2018
Back in October 2017 we started checking a site in Goat Hills and found some mature Erica here and there. There was not enough time to check and clear the whole site and the Friends of Wellington Park returned on this very pleasant April day. All seemed to follow the previous script, but then there was a yell, “there is a lot here” and our plans were suddenly altered.

 

It meant our effort remained concentrated in the area and quite a lot of this invading weed was removed.  More is still there and will get attention in a few months’ time. our arbitrary boundary is as far as the power line easement and Beyond that is considered to Tasnetworks responsibly. Both the Friends of Wellington Park and Glenorchy Council will be seeking action from the power company.
 
Mike and Greg busy cutting down Erica

 

Ted far left and Joyce on right  Site A

 

Site A after Erica cut out
 

 

One More Effort

Inglewood

Tuesday 6 March 2018

What Gorse that remains in the bush on the southern edge of Inglewood Fire Trail should easily be cleared up with one more session. An impressive volume was cut down at our latest event and all up it has been a splendid effort of 15 sessions over 7 years for the 500 metre long strip of land.

Special moring tea from COH Bushcare

 

Ted at work

 

Area recently cleared

 

The chicken moving about looking for morsels during our lunch break

 

 
From the beginning we were joined by a a most strange looking breed of chicken, which stayed with us all the time and even attempted to nab our strawberries.   These strawberries were all part of a delightful morning tea provided to the group by the City of Hobart Bushcare.
 
An inspection of the previous worked areas revealed only an occasional missed plant and the opposite side worked between 2007 and 2011 also was free of new plants, except for small quantities of  Erica just inside the boundary.

 

The bush on northern side where gorse was removed in 2009

 

 

 

Natural Vegetation Growth

Devils Throne Track

Tuesday 6 February 2018
 
The hoped-for approval for a planned track reroute had not managed to get through the relevant local councils, so plan B was adopted.  A short section of pruning refinement and a section of rocks was made easier to cross on the new Devils Throne section of track, but most of our effort was put into clearing the exuberant growth of native vegetation further along the track. At some spots we had to stop and locate the path of the track hidden, particularly by Orites revolutus which seems to thrive up on the mountain.
View from proposed route to Collins Bonnet and Mount Connection

 

Short boulder crossing on reroute made easier to walk on.
 
 

 

At the previous event In January 150m had been cleared and on this occasion a further 400m was cleared. Some 640m remain to be done.
The track is often hidden by thick Orites

 

The track after clearing
 
 
 
 

 

Details of working bees